Preface Acknowledgments A Simple Life, by Melanie Introduction A Cruising Frame of Mind 1 Attitude Adjustment Living in the Real World of Cruising The Myth of the Cure-All Cruise 2 Living on the Hook Attitude and Living at Anchor 3 Cruising Isn't Pink and Blue Only Mother Ocean Is Macho Who Is Captain? Are You Ready to Be Different? What They Think of Us A Little Help from Your Friends Taking Care of Business 5 Dollars and Sense The Bottom Line Insurance Opting Not to Spend Money Income and Outgo Handling Cash 6 Communications Mail E-Mail Them 7 What Do You Keep? The House The Car Your Address Your New Home 8 Comfort: A Cruising Boat Isn't A Niagara Falls Barrel Cruising Comfort Design for Comfort 9 Choosing A Boat A Boat to Suit Your Plans and Dreams Multihulls Trawlers Sea Trials 10 Safety and Seaworthiness Learn to Be Safe Design and Construction Dinghy Storage Propane Lightning Chafe Safe 11 Anchoring Anchoring Gear Caring for Your Chain and Anchors Good Bottoms Anchoring Techniques 12 The Engine The Diesel Auxiliary Maintenance 13 Power to the People The 12-Volt System AC Power Inverters 14 Water and Water Systems Collecting Water Tankage Watermakers The Head 15 Refrigeration Compressors The Box Other Systems 16 Dinghies The Everyday Dinghy Inflatables Hard Dinghies Motors Dinghy Seamanship 17 Catalog Catastrophe When to Wait Where to Buy What to Buy Underway 18 Taking Off and Getting Into the Groove Get Aboard Your Boat Isn't a Bus 19 What on Earth Do You Do All Day? Work Play Take Advantage of Nature When Nature Doesn't Cooperate Take Advantage of What's Around You Boats and Booze 20 Self-Reliance: Your Greatest Asset Fix It Yourself Prepare for Your New Job Food and Provisioning, by Tom and Mel Laundry, by Mel Health Equip to Save Money 21 Kids Aboard Start Early Practice Share the Load Help Your Kid Adjust Babies Aboard, by Mel Perils of Paradise 22 Teach Your Children Well Can You Do It? Correspondence Schools The Computer and School 23 Our Neighborhood Regions and Seasons Where to Stop Epilogue The Widening Gap Green Flash, by Melanie Sequel Appendix A Recipes, by Mel Appendix B Correspondence Schools Index
Tom Neale is a widely published cruising author with many recent articles in Cruising World. He and his family have been living aboard and cruising on their Gulf-Star Sailmaster 47 for twenty-five years. Home base is a dock, a storage shed, and a telephone on a piling in Lancaster, Virginia.
"An excellent and practical step-by-step manual to help prepare you for the cruising lifestyle and to entertain you as you learn." -Cruising World; "Not only must reading for anyone planning to live aboard, but also a valuable reference for weekend and vacation cruisers. Even armchair skippers who are wondering just what it's really like will find this an entirely engaging and insightful volume." -Rhode Island Boating