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Verified Purchase. I have a lot of "vintage" sailing books. Tales from the high seas in the s through today. I believe this book falls into that catagory. There are lots of cute anecdotes to keep yourself entertained while reading.
Sadly the technical information contained in this book are sorely outdated and because of that I cannot suggest anybody buy a new copy of this book. Rent it from your local library if you want to review the information for yourself. A price example is that the author discusses using oil lamps to light the interior, and discuses how much work they went through to convert their sailboat from oil lamps for steaming lights to using electrical lamps.
By today's standards you will pay an unusually high amount to purchase a vintage oil lamp, of any type, to use on land let alone at sea. The food portion still holds true today, as culinary traditions and appetites have not changed much over the last 50 years. But I can summarize that here: Eat beans not meat.
The discussion of ground tackle is also good, but again the technical aspects are so dated that they are of little to no use. Find a copy and read it, but don't buy a new one. I've been doing other things besides sailing, but I unfortunately read this book and it has rekindled those cruising dreams. Life has so many options. As Don Juan said "The tragedy of a mans' life is that there isn't enough time to do everything". For me it is a real page turner, entertaining and full of information.
Be aware, though, that it is a book about a lifestyle, not a sailing tutorial, even though it does give a lot of practical information. The only complaint I have about the book is that Ms. Hill falls into the trap of the occasional snarky comment about the choices others make. Since the main focus of the book is essentially the concept of freedom maybe she should cut them some slack.
We all make choices that we perceive to be the best for us. Who in all the world cares if someone wants to go to bed at sunset, or pay someone to do their laundry? Love their boat and ideals of personal responsibilty though. I made the mistake of not ordering this book when originally interested based on some negative reviews reported here. However, references continued to pop up at various locations regarding the value of the book, so I proceeded with the purchase.
When it arrived, I read through the book in days and found it an easy and worthwhile read with good perspectives to focus one's thoughts on what one want's out of cruising, and scaling down the dream fitting out list.
The thoughts it provides on foodstuff seems most practical. I would buy again, and it has been added near the top of my stack of useful reference material for my cruise preparations, and one tip has been gleaned from the book that proves useful immediately even for day sailing. The book covers many decisions made regarding boat type, build or buy, outfitting, handling, weatherliness, and nearly all practical aspects of cruising.
While some sailors may disagree with how Annie and her spouse did some things, the proof of the pudding is in their accomplishing their goals and having fun while doing it. I bought many cruising related books and eventually bought and cruised a cutter for six months with my family in Mexico. After we came back to the States, I gave this one away, but am now buying another copy. This book is inspirational. It shines a clear light on how one can cruise on almost any budget provided smarts and drive also exist.
Given that smarts and drive are required to do any cruising, this book is special. It blends inspiration with good ideas and common sense.
If you have a realistic "do what it takes" attitude, and are concerned about finances, you'll like this one. Fair winds! Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
Voyaging On A Small Income
Annie Hill born is an English sailor. She is best known as an author of books and articles about sailboat voyaging, living on a small amount of money, and sailing junk rigs. Hill has been voyaging and living aboard various sailing yachts since Her book Voyaging on a Small Income is a study in the economics of continual travel and self-sufficiency. Hill writes using distinct British vernacular and colloquialisms. Badger was designed by Jay Benford for plywood construction. Annie's analysis and comparison of the modern junk rig is at least partly responsible for the recent re-popularization of the junk rig.
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