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The Compleat Cruiser: The Art, Practice, and Enjoyment of Boating

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Famed yacht designer and author L. Francis Herreshoff takes us on family style cruises in American waters, during which all sorts of boats and boating skills are explained while they are used. He tells about the adventures of the crews of the catboat Piscator, the ketch Viator, and the engineless whaleboat-style ketch Rozinante. There are anecdotes and examples and a wide ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published January 25th 1987 by Sheridan House (first published January 1st 1972)
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Christopher Jones
Sep 01, 2013 Christopher Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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L. Francis Herreshoff was my favorite yacht designer, and a pretty good writer. I knew about this book from having read excerpts in a compilation of his writings, Sensible Cruising Designs, and I was delighted to find a copy at Half Price Books in Overland Park, KS. Herreshoff tells a story of two sailboats cruising the waters near Boston, Cape Cod, and Long Island Sound. He uses this as a vehicle to present discussions of seamanship, yacht design, navigation, cooking, and the enjoyment of ...more
Jack Ellis
Oct 05, 2014 Jack Ellis rated it really liked it
Strong opinions are good fun, and strong opinions by people who know their stuff are even funner. LFH certainly knew his stuff, and this very pleasant little book is a wonderful insight into his firm and considered thoughts about cruising small boats for pleasure.
I probably won't be using his advice on the design of cedar toilet buckets, or the state of the art in binocular lens design at the time of writing; but the mood he evokes of simple, self sufficient engagement with the natural world is
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This is a charming book, but it's very old fashioned. I had a hard time applying a lot of the content to my contemporary sailing experiences.
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