Reading Under Way

Having the time to read again is something we’ve loved about cruising. We’ve had fun visiting book exchanges in many towns, listening to audio books for long crossings and have noticed a lot of Kindles amongst cruisers.

Here are some titles we’ve really enjoyed that focus on the people, history, food and culture of the places we’ve visited. These are our favorites, updated as we read them!

Preparation and Outfitting

These books get dated rather quickly, but here are our favorites:

The Sailor’s Sketchbook by Bruce Bingham (illustrative ideas to improve your boat)

The Intricate Art of Living Afloat by Clare Allcard (world cruiser’s give advice, Amelia enjoys the writing as well)

Spurr’s Boatbook: Upgrading the Cruising Sailboat by Daniel Spurr (a little dated but has good ideas)

Reference At Sea

-Guide to Corals and Fishes of Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean by Ida Greenberg (Beautifully illustrated easy to use book with helpful indications of edibility.)

-The Cruiser’s Handbook of Fishing by Scott and Wendy Bannerot (The book covers everything.)

*Not a book but we highly recommend the website/mobile app Active Captain for up-to-date anchorage, navigation, bridge and marina reviews and advice. (heavily used by marina crowd)

Regional Reads


-This Sweet Place: Island Living and Other Adventures by Aileen Vincent-Barwood (An enjoyable weave of an American’s experience in the Exumas in the late 1990’s both natural and cultural.)

Chesapeake Region:

-From A Lighthouse Window: Recipes and Recollections from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (See their museum store website for more info.)

-Chesapeake by James Michener (The decisive history and narrative of the Chesapeake Bay. A little slow in some sections but worth the read.)


-Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil  (Savannah gossip and unique characters written by the New York author based on his visits.)


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