A Sea Vagabond's World

A Sea Vagabond's World : Boats and Sails, Distant Shores, Islands and Lagoons

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"I would like now to write a practical book that will cover three topics: boats, the sea, and the beachcombing life." These were the thought of Bernard Moitessier after he finished writing his last book, Tamata and the Alliance, while in Polynesia. The great master died in 1994 and never completed the book, but here it is, meticulously collected from hus many writings, published and unpublished, by his companion Veronique Lerebours Pigeonniere. Moitessier's notebooks include all the know-how and the 1001 tips of this legendary sailor, the knowledge he acquired on the water, in meeting with sailors, during long passages, and during his many years living on various islands. The first part of the book details how to prepare for an extensive cruise, what kind of boat to choose, the rigging, the sails, the anchors, on deck and below deck. The second part describes the passage: the weather, navigation, watch-keeping, and heavy weather. In the third part, Moitessier takes us to the South Sea islands and shows how to adapt to living on an atoll, gardening, fishing and attaining self-sufficiency.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Sheridan House Australia Pty Ltd
  • Victoria, Australia
  • English
  • 78 black & white illustrations, 12 black & white halftones, 5 maps, 3 tables
  • 1574090216
  • 9781574090215
  • 114,081

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...a priceless work as straightforward and unpretentious as the man who composed it...No essential topic is left untreated, and the result is a unique window into the way Moitessier the master solved problems that voyagers in the tropics confront all the time...The read is personable and easygoing, the format eclectic enough to make every page jump out at you with something new and instructive. Blue Water Sailing Amid the anecdotes and sound advice the humanist philosophy of the adventurer/writer shines through... Classic Boatshow more

About Bernard Moitessier

Bernard Moitessier was one of the greatest ocean voyagers. He became a legend in his own time. Born in 1925 in Indochina, he gained much of his sailing knowledge from the fishermen of the Gulf of Siam. A gifted writer, he wrote four books describing his seagoing adventures, including the major autobiographical work Tamata and the Alliance.show more

Table of contents

Foreword 1: The Call of the Open Sea 2: Boats and Sails 3: Preparing for the Great Adventure 4: Fitting Out 5: Distant Shores 6: The Choice 7: Once You Have Cast Off 8: On Sailing Solo 9: Islands and Lagoons 10: At the End of a Passage 11: The Atoll 12: Conclusion Glossary Chronology Bibliography Indexshow more

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