Ann Vanderhoof is the author of An Embarassment of Mangoes
and The Spice Necklace
I particularly love guides where the writer’s personality comes through, and he (or she) lays his biases on the table. For the Caribbean, where we’re cruising these days, my favourites are the ones written by Chris Doyle. He makes it perfectly clear that he loves to explore on foot — and when he tells me to take a hike, I know it’s well worth following orders.
Don Casey’s many books include This Old Boat, Sailboat Electrics Simplified, and Don Casey’s Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual
Want to sail away? Then go. For most North Americans, the value of just the car in your driveway can fund a year-long cruise—not aboard this year’s “Best Full-size Cruiser” as decreed by your favorite sailing magazine, but aboard a seaworthy and comfortable sailboat of modest size and mature age. Reading John Vigor’s enlightening little book Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere can be a life-changing experience. The featured boats are not only affordable, but they insulate you less from the cruising experience. A good thing. And a good book.
Anne Brevig is the author of 9 Years on the 7 Seas
I would like to recommend Jimmy Cornell’s World Cruising Routes. This book is an absolute must for offshore sailors and circumnavigators. We used it as our bible onboard!