• Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat’s Essential Systems, by Nigel Calder
  • Powerboat Handling Illustrated, How to make your boat do exactly what you want it to do, by Bob Sweet
  • Sailing A beginner’s guide, by David Seidman
  • The Complete Anchoring Handbook: stay put on any bottom in any water, by Alain Poiraud, Achim Ginsberg-Klemmt, and Erika Ginsberg-Klemmt with a contribution by Alain Fraysse
  • Marine Diesel Engines, by Nigel Calder
  • Diesel Engine Handbook, by Andrew Simpson


  • Anchorages in the Hauraki Gulf, by Paul Radley
  • The Fishing Diving Cruising Guide to The Bay of Islands, by Steve Radich
  • New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf, by David Thatcher
  • William Owen’s Hauraki Gulf A Fishing and Cruising Guide, 4th Edition
  • The Royal Akarana Yacht Club Coastal Cruising Guide, 11th Edition (Cape Reinga to Cape Kidnappers)


  • The Weather Identification Handbook, by Storm Dunlop
  • Guide to Weather Forecasting, by Storm Dunlop
  • Sailing in paradise : yacht charters around the world, by Rod Heikell
  • Nigel Calder’s cruising handbook : a compendium for coastal and offshore sailors by Nigel Calder
  • How to Read a Nautical Chart (includes all of Chart no 1), by Nigel Calder
  • Sea Survival Handbook, by Keith Colwell
  • Voyaging Under Power, by Robert P. Beebe & Denis Umstot
  • Elbert Maloney, “Dutton’s Navigation and Piloting”- a classic, professional reference, continuously updated.
  • Nathaniel Bowditch, “The American Practical Navigator”- A classic, professional reference, continuously updated.
  • U.S. Naval Institute, “The Bluejackets’ Manual”- the navy way; the authority on Morse, flags, courtesies, fire-fighting at sea, jury-rigging, ship handling and basic sea law.
  • Lawrence and Lin Pardey, Storm Tactics
  • Linda & Steve Dashew, “Offshore Cruisers’ Encyclopedia”- expensive but so useful it has been compared to Bowditch and Dutton. Easy to read.
  • Eric Hiscock, “Cruising Under Sail”- just the facts, a classic.
  • Lawrence and Lin Pardey, “The Self-Sufficient Sailor”- The Pardey’s message is wonderfully encouraging: Go simply, go cheaply and in a small boat, but go.
  • Lawrence & Lin Pardey, “Cost Conscious Cruiser”- more hints and tricks
  • Michael Carr, “Weather Prediction Simplified”
  • Steve and Linda Dashew, “Mariner’s Weather Handbook”
  • Mary Blewitt, “Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen”- just the facts.
  • Merle Turner, “Celestial Navigation for the Cruising Navigator”- some theory.
  • William F. Buckley Jr., “Atlantic High”- an amazingly well-written account of an Atlantic passage. Not a shred of politics.
  • William F. Buckley Jr., “Racing Through Paradise”- etc. about a Pacific passage.

Non Fiction

  • Cruising in Seraffyn (25th Anniversary Edition), by Larry and Lin Pardey
  • Seraffyn’s European Adventure, by Larry and Lin Pardey
  • Seraffyn’s Mediterranean Adventure, 30th Anniversary Edition, by Larry and Lin Pardey
  • Dove, by Robin L. Graham and Derek L. T. Gill
  • Across Islands and Oceans, A journey alone around the world by sail and on foot, by James Baldwin
  • Two Years Before the Mast, a Personal Narrative of Life at Sea, by Richard Henry Dana, Jr
  • Sea Fever, by Angela Meyer
  • Four Fish, the future of the last wild food, by Paul Greenberg
  • Weather Permitting, by Heather Heberley
  • Flood Tide, by Heather Heberley (sequel to Weather Permitting)
  • Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, by Dava Sobel


  • Hornblower series, The Happy Return and 10 more by C. S. Forrester
  • Moby Dick, by Herman Melville


True Stories

  • Alone Across the Pacific (1963) True story of Kenichi Horie
  • The Dove (1974) True story of Robin L. Graham
  • Midway (1976) about the battle of midway WWII
  • Wind (1992) an America’s Cup story
  • Amistad (1997)  about a 1839 revolt aboard a Spanish slave schooner
  • The Perfect Storm (2000)
  • Deep Water (2006) is the true story of the first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race
  • The Reef (2010) is based on the true story of Ray Boundy, who was the sole survivor of similar incident in 1983

Other Stories

  • Lifeboat (1944) Alfred Hitchcock
  • The Lady From Shanghai (1948)
  • The Crimson Pirate (1952)
  • The African Queen (1951)
  • Moby Dick (1956)
  • Knife in the Water (1962)
  • Mutiny on the Bounty (1963)
  • Jaws (1975)
  • Lucky Lady (1975)
  • Yellowbeard (1983)
  • Horatio Hornblower: The Duel (1988)
  • Dead Calm (1989)
  • The Hunt for Red October (1990)
  • Captain Ron (1992)
  • Message in a Bottle (1999)
  • Longitude (2000) TV miniseries
  • Hornblower (TV Series) (1998-2003)
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
  • All Is Lost (2013) Robert Redford

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