Researching the Dream

There are so many resources these days for someone serious about their sailing dream. Researching that dream is all part of the journey. I love research, both on the internet and beyond, so I’ve done a lot of it and I thought I’d list some of the sites I’ve visited as well as organizations, books and more. Hope you find some helpful information here.

Let’s begin with Facebook. Wether you love it or hate it, it is most definitely has a wealth of information and knowledgeable sailors eager to answer your questions. Some of these groups are more active than others but you’ll soon discover your favourites.

Women Who Sail

Women who Sail – various areas around the world ( Western Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean, (Pacific Northwest)


Digital Nomadism


Sailboat Swap Shop

Sailing and Cruising with Pets

BVI Boats and Parts

Bluewater Sailing And Cruising

Grenada Cruisers Information

Active Captain

Sea, Boat Photographs in the World


Below are various Organizations that offer classes, classifieds, information about cruising and much more. Check out their websites.

Bluewater Cruising Association

Canadian Power and Sail Squadron

American Sailing Association

Association Maritime du Québec


Canadian Boaters Alliance

Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary

Canadian Safe Boating Council

Canadian Yachting Association

Conseil québécois du nautisme

Royal Yachting Association

US Power Squadrons

US Sailing Association


Here are some of the websites I have used quite a bit.



And when you are ready to shop for your dream boat…these sites will come in handy. Of course there are many more and each brokerage seems to have their own as well.  But this is a great start.

Sailboat for sailboat classifieds

Pinterest – tons of articles pinned on everything to do with sailing.


If you prefer books over internet, these ones are very helpful and have been recommended on various Facebook pages by sailors like you!

Cruising with Kids – Behan Gifford

Brave or Stupid – Tracey Christiansen

Where there is no Doctor-download a PDF version on Facebook’s “Women Who Sail” page in their file section.

David Seidman’s The Complete Sailor, 2nd Edition

Don Casey’s This Old Boat 2nd Edition

Don Casey’s Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual

Nigel Calder’s Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance,

World Cruising Routes, Jimmy Cornell

World Voyage Planner, Jimmy Cornell

Beth Leonard’s The Voyager’s Handbook, 2nd Edition

Troubleshooting, and Repair.

Brotherton Miner’s The 12 Volt Bible for Boats.

Larry and Lin Pardey’s books on feeding the crew, budgeting etc.

Chapman’s Piloting and Seamanship

Robert Sweet’s The Weekend Navigator, 2nd Edition

Peggie Hall’s The New Get Rid of Boat Odors, 2nd Edition


This will definitely get you started, your head will be spinning but you’ll be all the more excited for your adventures.  I think I ended up spending the most time on Facebook for the reasons I stated above.  The sailing community is so helpful. I can’t thank them enough already. I am so glad they are there for this newbie.

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