We wouldn’t have been able to even start this journey without the mass of resources that we sifted through on every topic from finances and work on the water to galley cooking and raising kids onboard. Here is just a small sampling of some of the best resources that we and others have used to get off to a good start.


  • World Cruising Routes by Jimmy Cornell
  • Cornell’s Ocean Atlas by Jimmy Cornell
  • Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook, and others by Nigel Calder
  • Weather Forecasting & Analysis Handbook and Weather Maps Handbook by Tim Vasquez
  • The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat by Mark Nicholas
  • The Care and Feeding of the Sailing Crew by Lin and Larry Pardey
  • Spanish for Cruisers/French for Cruisers by Kathy Parsons


  • Swept: Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche
  • Motion of the Ocean by Janna Cawrse Esarey
  • Bumfuzzle by Patrick Schulte
  • Chasing the Horizon by Cap’n Fatty Goodlander


Sailing Classes


  • Cruising World
  • Sailing World


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