Let’s Go Cruising provides prospective and existing power and sailboat owners the information needed to safely operate and maintain their vessels while enjoying the cruising life. Use this keep-aboard guide as a reference for reviewing the procedures in buying and selling a boat, trip planning, safe navigating and secure docking, and servicing and maintaining critical boat systems.
The reader will learn the best way to handle a boat in stormy weather, or in aground or sinking situations. Included is detail on navigating unique situations, such as bridges and canals, as well as information on chartering, boat transport, and crewing.
About the Author
Joy Smith merged a successful career in nonfiction with fiction-writing. Her works include several novels, three boating books, a cookbook, a wedding planning book, and a children’s storybook. When she is not contriving plots, she might be out sailing with her handsome captain or in a quiet place crocheting prayer shawls for folks in need. She loves to hear from readers. Feel free to contact her via her website.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As a lifelong boater myself, I can say this is a “must have” book for anyone who is interested in boating, from the person who is still dreaming about buying a boat to an “old salt”. Let’s Go Cruising provides a thorough and complete discussion of boat ownership, from the wishing stage, through the purchasing and using stages, to the selling stage. It is obvious that Joy Smith has spent quite a bit of time boating, as well as, researching the topic. She describes the joys of the boating life, including R&R, making and traveling with friends, enjoying the outdoors, and family bonding time. Smith gives a very detailed, yet easy to read and understand description of complicated, boat specific concepts. She writes like a “real person” with a great sense of humor, sharing her personal experiences as a means to make her points and provide valuable insight. Smith reminds the "gung-ho" dreamer to be sure he or she gets the whole family involved, as that’s the way to make it a pleasurable experience for all the participants. A boat is an investment. This book will make sure you're on the path to spending your money wisely and keeping you safe all while having a great time.
Let’s Go Cruising! By Joy Smith. BEST BOOK EVER!! Joy’s been a cruising friend for over a decade. She and her husband have sailed for more years than either want to admit! I have read and enjoyed her cookbooks, especially The Empty Nest, and now she has given us an invaluable guide to finding the right boat and enjoying the cruising lifestyle. She walks with you through the decisions with her great sense of humor as well as all of the facts you need to know! She discusses weather, boat “apps”, websites for boaters and much much more!! A MUST READ, whether you are new to cruising or a veteran sailor!!