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The following books and videos have inspired a generation of sailors to pursue their cruising dreams. In addition, we carry some cool gadgets that make the cruising life more efficient. Our products are unconditionally guaranteed to be the best tools you can use to get yourself out there and cruising successfully. If you don’t agree, we will happily refund your purchase price. Orders of $25+ ship free in the Continental US.

The Instant Library

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Here is the ultimate collection of the Dashews’ work. Four books (3130 combined pages with more than 4000 photos and drawings) along with 3 DVDs (5+ hours) and 2 music CDs. All this for just $299 (a savings of over $50).

Steve and Linda’s books and DVDs have helped thousands of sailors around the world turn their cruising dreams into reality. They cover every aspect of purchasing, equipping, and sailing the right boat for your needs and budget.

The Instant Library gives you all four books along with three DVDs plus two bonus music CDs:

  • Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia (1232 pages)
  • Mariners Weather Handbook: A Guide to Forecasting and Tactics (594 pages)
  • Practical Seamanship: Essential Skills for the Modern Sailor (644 pages)
  • Surviving the Storm: Coastal & Offshore Tactics (672 pages)
  • Offshore Voyaging DVD Series (3 DVDs, over 5 hours of cruising video from all over the world)
  • Music for Cruising CD
  • Tradewinds High CD
The Instant Library delivers the knowledge necessary for safe, comfortable, and enjoyable cruising. We back this up with a 90-day no-questions-asked guarantee. Order the Instant Library today for a package price of just $299!

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (October 12, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia

“An absolute compendium of concise, definitive information for cruising sailors.” Dan Spurr, Practical Sailor (USA)

“This is surely the finest, most complete, authoritative and, above all, most human among the guides to the serious side of ocean voyaging and local cruising. The Dashews share knowledge they have collected over years of sailing and designing their own yachts, and every bit of it will enhance our safety and enjoyment aboard. My hat is off to the authors for a great accomplishment.”
Jack Somer, Editor, Yachting Magazine

Jam-packed into 1232 pages is the latest information on 2200 subjects with 2500 detailed illustrations. Now in its tenth printing, Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia brings together in one concise, easy-to-use volume all the information you need to make the right decisions (and avoid the wrong ones) for your own style of cruising.

Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia has empowered a generation of cruisers to untie their dock lines and go. Packed with data on every facet of sailing, from design and systems to the cruising lifestyle, it has provided sailors around the world with the knowledge necessary to buy, equip, and prepare themselves in the most efficient manner possible. That’s why Motor Boating and Sailing says this book has “…everything you’ll ever need to know about offshore cruising from people who have been there. A true encyclopedia built on first-hand knowledge.”

Practical advice from someone who has been there

Linda and Steve Dashew bring to Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia a unique perspective, integrating their experience as sailors, designers, builders and sea-going parents. They’ve sailed all their lives, circumnavigated with their two small daughters, designed and/or built more than fifty large cruising yachts, and owned two boat yards and twelve yachts. Practical Sailor says “Steve and Linda have logged better than 175,000 miles over the past 40 years… their books are what they suggest, encyclopedic advice on everything from how to keep the anchor chain from tangling to sizing mattresses so there’s enough space to tuck in comforters.”

The equivalent of nine major books, this is the resource of which Chuck Paine, Naval Architect says “If you are buying or building a boat, the Dashews’ reference work will prove invaluable.” Circumnavigator George Day, former editor of Cruising World calls it “…the standard reference for all sailors preparing to sail offshore.” While noted cruising yacht designer Bob Perry says “The Dashews’ book is indispensable to the point where I keep one copy on my boat and the other in my office.”

Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia will dramatically increase your knowledge of yacht design, systems, safety, and the cruising lifestyle. The Dashews integrate the critical factors of heavy weather safety and at-anchor cruising needs into every decision, making it possible to choose for yourself the best approach for your own cruising plans and budget. That’s why Bob Lush of Sailing Canada .says “This is a book of superlatives… obviously of great value for any owner who wants to upgrade any system.” All this information is in an easy-to-read style with a detailed cross reference index, making it one of the most usable books you’ll ever own.

Stretch your cruising budget

You don’t need a ton of money to find the right boat, outfit it, and go cruising if you know how to set your priorities. The key is being able to recognize a good situation and take advantage of it when it comes along. The Dashews will show you how to evaluate those opportunities. And when you’ve found the boat, they’ll lead you step-by-step through outfitting, covering everything from refrigeration (if you need it at all) to the right type of cushion fabrics. Want to know about schooling the kids, treating your fresh water, or preparing for medical problems? It is all there along with data on 2200 other subjects.
The second edition of Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia brings together in one integrated volume the information you need to make the right decisions (and avoid the wrong ones) for your own style of cruising. And best of all, the Dashews tie these topics to the real world, both on and offshore, with an eye towards every level of budget and experience.

Reviews and comments

“…filled with information on everything from choosing the right propeller, davits, or charging system to sea berths and upholstery. And every conceivable subject in-between.” Elaine Thompson, Yachting World (UK)
“Vital for anybody planning to take up ocean voyaging as a lifestyle…Encapsulates a lifetime of cruising experience…Dipping into any section at random reveals a wealth of practical “hands-on” information which any cruiser would find valuable…An outstandingly detailed volume for sailors who are serious about their world cruise.” Cruising Helmsman(Australia)
“A complete source of inventive cruising tips and sea stories, culled from one liveaboard family’s vast cruising experience…all covered in an enjoyable narrative style.” Lakeland Boating (USA)
“The single most useful text available anywhere for sailors who are outfitting a boat for voyaging — full of good ideas, educated opinions, ingenious solutions, useful charts and tables, and world cruising savvy.”Blue Water Sailing (USA)

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Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (March 10, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Practical Seamanship: Essential Skills for the Modern Sailor

632 pages of exhaustive detail on practically every aspect of seamanship, both traditional and modern. “A graduate course in going to sea…Will shave 10 to 20 years off your learning curve.” (Sailing Magazine)

“Replete with literally dozens and dozens of clear, concise photos and illustrations, and chockful of first-hand stories from countless long-range voyagers, the Dashews’ encylopedic Practical Seamanship is a vast resource that’ll be an important reference tool for sailors planning to follow in the wakes of its prolific authors…All I can say is ‘wow’…” Herb McCormick, Editor, Cruising World

Practical Seamanship is unique in that it is written for both novice and experienced sailors alike. It builds on your existing knowledge, augmenting all you have learned with nearly a thousand tips, techniques and warning signs, making all your cruising better. And the “essential skills” you’ll learn will make all the difference in difficult situations.

As with the Steve & Linda Dashews’ other books, Practical Seamanshipexcels at making this information easily accessible and user-friendly. More than just a book, it is engineered to be used as a tool, with executive summaries, quick reference check lists and detailed indexes. You’ll refer back to it for years to come. It is an important asset and should be aboard every vessel.

Whether you are working your way through ice, piloting in coral, running a breaking bar, anchoring in a hurricane hole, or salvaging your boat after a hurricane, Practical Seamanship covers it all.

Another unique aspect of Practical Seamanship is that it is actually built to be taken offshore, with water resistant, commercial grade, hard cover binding and a lifetime salt-water warranty. It gets even better, as it comes with a 90-day satisfaction guarantee. At $69.95 it is a real bargain.


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (March 7, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Mariners Weather Handbook: A Guide to Forecasting & Tactics


Of all the things required to get ready to cruise, nothing is more important than understanding weather and the tactics required to make it work for you, and “Mariner’s Weather Handbook does for skippers at sea what the venerable Joy of Cooking does for cooks – it provides a complete and exhaustive guide to the basics of every aspect of weather you are likely to meet when cruising. Unique among weather texts, it is the fruit of years of research and more than 200,000 sea miles. It should be aboard every offshore boat, sail or power, and should be read thoroughly by every skipper.” George Day, Publisher and Editor, Bluewater Sailing.

All sailors know that weather plays a critical role in the success of any journey – and no one knows this better than Steve & Linda Dashew. After 200,000 miles of cruising and a lifetime of yacht design and construction, the Dashews have learned that nothing is more important than weather. It affects everything we do, every action we take, our comfort, safety, and mental security.

The vast majority of the time cruising weather is pleasant, and Mariner’s Weather Handbook is designed to help you make the most of these conditions for fast and comfortable passages. At the same time there are risk factors inherent in every weather scenario. Mariner’s Weather Handbook will teach you how to watch for the telltale signs which give early warning.You will learn how to read “between the lines” of official forecasts. All of this critical information is distilled into a user-friendly 594-page workbook covering every aspect of weather written in the clear, easily understood style.

More than just a book

Mariner’s Weather Handbook was engineered from the very beginning to be more than just a book. It is skillfully designed with quick reference check lists and executive summaries, located right in the page margins, to help you quickly analyze and plan for what is going on with the weather where it matters most – where you are.

This tool brings together for the first time the key elements of forecasting and tactics used by professional routers, forecasters, and the most successful ocean-racing navigators. You will learn how to use a frontal passage to your advantage, while minimizing discomfort. Closely guarded secrets of upper atmosphere fax charts are revealed in detail. You will learn how to make your own forecasts using just the sky, sea, wind, and barometer as well as how to make the best use of fax charts and the Internet. You will be able to tell if “official” forecasts are accurate, and if not, what to do about the developing conditions where you are. Most important, you will learn how to spot potential weather risks before they are announced.

Reviewers are unanimous

* “Essential…for any cruising sailor who has even the slightest interest in developing a good understanding of weather.” Practical Sailor
* “We’ve been waiting a long time for a thorough and authoritative book for yachtsmen on weather forecasting, finally here it is…” Yachting World
* “This Handbook provides a complete and exhaustive guide to the basics of every aspect of weather you are likely to meet…it is unique among weather texts (and) should be aboard every offshore boat – sail or power – and should be read thoroughly by every skipper” George Day, Editor and Publisher, Blue Water Sailing
* “Mariner’s Weather Handbook, which breaks the mold by covering the whole weather picture in detail – including the interaction between surface and upper-level weather…should be part of every offshore sailor’s library…” Circumnavigator Jim Corenman writing in Latitude 38
* “Mariner’s Weather Handbook is head and shoulders above anything else I have read on the subject. Take the time to read and digest it before setting sail. Afterwards, do not leave the dock without it.” Lee Chesneau, Senior Forecaster, National Weather Service Marine Prediction Center
*”Thank you for the copies of Storm and Weather. I devoured them both enroute to the Seattle Safety at Sea Seminar. I found them to be The Best books on these subjects I’ve ever seen, for the blue water sailing public. I touted them very highly at the seminar, and expect you’ll get several orders from some of the 150 people in attendance. Please relay my appreciation for the books to Steve and Linda. These are very important additions to the growing literature targeted at bluewater sailing.” John Bonds, Safety at Sea educator.
* To see more comments from readers and reviewers, click here.

Before you begin to cruise

Understanding weather is the most important thing you can do to insure the success of your time on the water. And before you leave the dock is the time to get yourself up to speed. Start today by getting your copy ofMariner’s Weather Handbook and begin forecasting at home today.


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (March 4, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Surviving the Storm: Coastal & Offshore Tactics

Once you’ve read Surviving the Storm you will never look at the sea the same way again. Packed with real-world stories and detailed technical data. This book is enhanced with detailed illustrations explaining the why and how of what happened, both right and wrong, and what you can do to avoid the same situation.The techniques and details of what works and what doesn’t are backed up with 70 in-depth interviews. Not just salty tales – you will feel the emotion and distress caused when your life, family, and vessel are on the line

For more than two decades the Dashews have studied heavy weather and how best to deal with it. They’ve interviewed sailors from around the world whose experiences, in addition to their own 200,000-plus miles at sea, form the basis of the most detailed manual on heavy weather sailing ever published.

Plus you’ll learn the heavy weather secrets of 33 professionals, so you can take advantage of lessons from sailors who have survived some of the worst weather imaginable, and learn the common mistakes which cost people their lives. These lessons apply in coastal as well as offshore sailing.

Surviving the Storm: Coastal & Offshore Tactics is filled with the most spectacular collection of heavy weather photographs ever assembled. 560 photos and illustrations will help you to understand the right and wrong way to deal with breaking seas, heaving to, working your way to windward, running before the storm and the use of drogues or para anchors.

The emphasis throughout this book is on survival storms because, if you are prepared for the worst, normal gales and storms are no longer something to be feared – they become a chance to experiment, to test what works best on your boat.

Surviving the Storm will change your definition of heavy weather. All of your cruising, even the majority which takes place in pleasant weather, will benefit. Passages will be faster and more relaxed. You and your crew will feel more comfortable with the elements. To a substantial degree, those nagging “what if?” doubts will be erased.

A new perspective

Perhaps the most valuable lessons in Surviving the Storm come at the end, when the Dashews recap common problems that occur over and over again, around the world – problems which lead to unnecessary injury and abandonment of vessels. The vast majority of these situations occur due to lack of knowledge on the part of the skipper and crew, and need not have happened. Surviving the Storm teaches you how to avoid these mistakes.

Surviving the Storm: Coastal & Offshore Tactics is filled with knowledge never before available in a book. Learn what questions to ask before buying, how to evaluate a yacht for heavy weather capability, where to place your budget priorities for maximum safety, how to choose the correct storm sails optimized for your needs, and how to get yourself and crew ready. Handling your boat in breaking seas is covered in exhaustive detail. Surviving the Storm brings together in one integrated reference, the knowledge required to make your passages safer, more comfortable, and more enjoyable – for all the members of your crew.

Reviewers agree

* “Detailed look at passage-making in the filthiest weather – what to do, how to do it, what not to do – with some of the scariest photographs of nasty sea conditions you’ll ever want to see and case histories that will keep you up at night.” Wooden Boat
* “You can take a half-dozen different books on storm seamanship with you, or you can take Dashew’s Surviving the Storm and have it all in one volume. Not only that, it’s a good read when the wind isn’t blowing.” Gregory Jones, Editor, Sailing Magazine
* To read these and other reviews in full, click here.

672 pages, 560 photos and illustrations – just $69.95

Order today with our 90-day money-back guarantee!

This is the book-only version. For the CD-ROM version, or the discounted book/CD-ROM package, see “Related Items” below.


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (March 1, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

The Complete Guide to Sail Care & Repair

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This book by master sailmaker Dan Neri will save you thousands of dollars, and significantly increase the life of your sails. “Simply put this book is superb…You will want to read it from cover to cover.” (All at Sea magazine)

We’ve posted a video to tell you more about this book. You can also find more info by clicking on one of the links below.

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Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (February 26, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Into the Light: A Family’s Epic Journey

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A family of five explores the Arctic on a 33-foot sailboat, capturing their adventures in a story hailed by critics as “Spellbinding” “Seductive”, and “A fine literary debut”. Dave and Jaja Martin have a  unique and compelling approach to the way they live their lives. If you’re looking for the inspiration to cut the lines and sail away, you’ll find it here.

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  • Enjoy this sample chapter: Narrow Escape.
  • Read some of the reviews.
  • Check out Dave & Jaja’s bio.
  • Visit Dave & Jaja’s website IceBlinkSail.com.
  • Watch for the PBS documentary Ice Blink, based on the Martins’ adventures first recorded in Into the Light.
  • All our books are backed up by a 90-day unconditional guarantee as well as a lifetime saltwater guarantee.

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (February 23, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Off the Beaten Path

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Off the Beaten Path delivers 115 minutes of wide-screen video and slides covering the last three years (and 37,000 miles) of testing the FPB Series prototype Wind Horse. You will experience a strong gale between New Zealand and Fiji, make a 2900-mile passage down the Pacific Coast, transit the Panama Canal, cruise the Bahamas, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Labrador. And then enjoy the ice, mountains, and wildlife of spectacular Greenland. There is another gale in the North Atlantic to share, plus a host of bonus features.

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (February 20, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Offshore Voyaging DVD Series

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Entertaining and informative, these DVDs present a base of knowledge that is otherwise unattainable. They effectively put you in the action – you’ll hear, see and feel what it is like to cruise through Polynesia, cross an ocean, battle storm-force winds, and walk on the beaches of a deserted island. You and your family will watch these DVDs over and over – packed with over 5 hours of global cruising adventures; Scandinavia, the Caribbean, Alaska, virtually all of the South Pacific and even the Galapagos under a variety of conditions making this a powerful and entertaining learning tool. The Offshore Voyaging Series, a set of 3 DVDs, will show you this and more. You’ll enjoy a combination of a relaxing escape from shore-side life and realistic training for your own voyages. These videos will take you aboard a variety of boats, in every imaginable situation. Handling a boat in tight quarters, reefing in a gale, handling spinnaker poles and a plethora of other situations – it is all here. We compiled this Special Edition DVD Set as a way to celebrate our 20th year in business, and to say “Thank You” to all the friends we’ve made along the way!

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (February 17, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Sailing Dreams

sailing-dreams-4 This DVD is pure sailing, from spinnaker flying in the trades, to light air reaching, to blasting along downwind in gale-force winds. There’s no distracting music or narration – just beautiful, raw sailing, combined with the ambient sounds of wind and water rushing by the hull. For years Steve & Linda Dashew have kept raw cruising footage playing on their home TVs. “The images and sounds create a relaxing atmosphere, especially when we are away from the water”, explains Linda. So many friends have asked for copies of their own, that they’ve now edited their favorite scenes, culled from 200,000+ miles of cruising, into this one-of-a-kind DVD. A departure from the information-packed technical DVDs the Dashews have produced in the past, Sailing Dreams is raw, ambient footage, designed to soothe, invigorate, and inspire. Sailing Dreams is organized into a series of chapters, with a menu for navigating. If you want to keep the footage playing perpetually in the background on a TV or computer, the chapters can be set to auto-repeat. Want to go to sleep listening to the rustle of spinnakers? Select the passage titled “Fiji”. More interested in an adrenaline rush? Choose the “Australs” or “Tonga” passage. Do you dream of sailing around the world? The exquisite scenes in Sailing Dreams will add the ambiance of sailing to your home or office as you work towards making that dream a reality. If your passion is to scan the horizon of the open ocean and listen to the wind in the rigging, then this DVD is for you!

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (February 14, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Making It Happen:Hints for Getting Ready to Go

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For years people have been asking us, “How do we get ready to go? How do we make it happen…actually get out there and go cruising?” The answer is: It is not hard, if you take the correct approach. Of course, this is a matter of perspective. Once you’ve made the transition to cruising, you will look back and say “What was the big deal?” The day will come where heading off across an ocean is as simple as going to the market to fill up the pantry, topping off the tanks, and casting off the dock lines. As easy as that. In the meantime, we’ve got a new cruising “tool” to help you through the learning curve. It is a DVD called Making It Happen: Hints for Getting Ready to Go, filled with tips and suggestions for how to use our books, videos, CD-Roms, and DVDs. This DVD contains 49 minutes of fast-paced information, to help you get the most out of the cruising resources from Beowulf Press and SetSail.com.

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (February 11, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Tradewinds High

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Sarah Dashew has entertained audiences from around the world with her unique blend of music. In her second CD, Tradewinds High, she calls on more than 75,000 miles of offshore sailing and cruising experience to create what reviewers are calling a “breakthrough” album about the cruising lifestyle. From “Cut the lines and go” to “Sail away with you” you will find in these eleven original songs the pefect antidote to life on land. Whether you’re listening at home, in your car, or aboard your boat, Sarah’s music is guaranteed to transport you to those anchorages about which you dream.

More info:

  • Listen to a sample song from Tradewinds High.
  • Check out Sarah Dashew’s web site.

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (February 8, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Music for Cruising

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“With a clear, intense voice that twists around chords like a freshening breeze curls around the luff of a headsail as it’s trimmed–and backed by guitar that implores you to listen to every word–voyager Sarah Dashew sings about love and cruising in her sexy, bluesy style. The fourth cut, “Storms,” needs to be played after a hard fall passage, when the anchor’s down and the crew, sundowners in hand, is unwinding in the cockpit.” Cruising World

Music for Cruising is a must-have for every sailor and music-lover: 12 original songs about love and sailing, all wrapped up in her soulful voice and mellow acoustic guitar stylings. This album will make you want to “Cruise Through Life” with the one you love! From “Storms” to “Let It Go”, listen and discover why Sarah is being hailed as the female Jack Johnson.

More info:

  • Listen to a sample track: Storms.
  • Check out Sarah Dashew’s web site.

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (February 5, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia reviews

Magazine Reviews

“Far and away the finest introduction to boats and cruising we’ve ever seen.” Latitude 38 (USA) “This comprehensive resource is both informative and useful for the crising boater…and the text is written in a clearly accessible narrative style.”
Power & Motoryacht (USA)

“Vital for anybody planning to take up ocean voyaging as a lifestyle…Encapsulates a lifetime of cruising experience…Dipping into any section at random reveals a wealth of practical “hands-on” information which any cruiser would find valuable…An outstandingly detailed volume for sailors who are serious about their world cruise.”
Cruising Helmsman (Australia)

“A complete source of inventive cruising tips and sea stories, culled from one liveaboard family’s vast cruising experience…all covered in an enjoyable narrative style.”
Lakeland Boating (USA)

“The single most useful text available anywhere for sailors who are outfitting a boat for voyaging — full of good ideas, educated opinions, ingenious solutions, useful charts and tables, and world cruising savvy.” Blue Water Sailing (USA) “Cruising bible…indispensable.” Boat International Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (January 27, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Practical Seamanship reviews

“Practical Seamanship is the distilled knowledge, experience and research from a lifetime of offshore sailing and cruising. The Dashews’ new book, complete in every detail, should be required reading for every skipper and every crew who aspires to safe passagemaking and happy landfalls on far and exotic lands.” George Day, Editor, Bluewater Sailing “Full of great information.” Richard Spindler, Editor, Latitude 38 “Replete with literally dozens and dozens of clear, concise photos and illustrations, and chockful of first-hand stories from countless long-range voyagers, the Dashews’ encylopedic Practical Seamanship is a vast resource that’ll be an important reference tool for sailors planning to follow in the wakes of its prolific authors…All I can say is ‘wow’…” Herb McCormick, Editor, Cruising World “The Dashews’ Practical Seamanship is a graduate course in going to sea, using the tools and materials of the 21st century to improve the practice of our ancient craft. It will shave 10 to 20 years off your learning curve.” Greg Jones, Editor, Sailing “The 640-page volume covers every subject of seamanship in more than 930 topics, has 800 detailed illustrations and forms, and is…the most detailed and thorough book ever written on the subject…Complemented by a CD-ROM that contains the entire book’s content for ease of access on boat-board laptop or PC.” IBI Magazine “A valuable on-board asset…Filled with practical, clearly presented information.” Soundings “An all-season must-have reference…This book tells not just how to do it, but why, when, and often, where…The section on anchoring may well be the most complete discussion in print…Every aspect of safe seamanship is thoroughly explored.” This Old Boat Read the rest »

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (January 24, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Mariners Weather Handbook reviews

Magazine Reviews

Mariner’s Weather Handbook: Indispensable Guide (Practical Sailor) Steve and Linda Dashew are well-known for their innovative series of big, high-speed Deerfoot and Sundeer cruising boats, and their encyclopedic reference books on cruising. Their Mariner’s Weather Handbook applies the same thorough approach to understanding marine weather that they have previously used to lead you through the maze of contradictory advice on choosing and equipping a cruising boat. This is an essential book for any cruising sailor who has even the slightest interest in developing a good understanding of weather. Read the rest »

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (January 21, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Surviving the Storm reviews

Marine Industry Reviews

“The book is a mine of information…(with) an up-to-date freshness that makes it THE successor to Adlard Coles’ classic! Well done you lot.” Angelo Lavranos, yacht designer “Thank you for the copies of Storm and Weather. I devoured them both enroute to the Seattle Safety at Sea Seminar. I found them to be the best books on these subjects I’ve ever seen, for the blue water sailing public. I touted them very highly at the seminar…These are very important additions to the growing literature targeted at bluewater sailing.” John Bonds, Safety at Sea Educator Read the rest »

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (January 18, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Sail Care & Repair reviews

Caribbean Compass

Beowulf does it again. The cruising Dashew family’s publishing powerhouse has now focused its energy–via author Dan Neri–on the subject of selecting, maintaining and repairing sails. Dan Neri, after establishing a successful independent sail loft and then becoming director of sailmaking for North Sails US, is now in charge of the North Sails Cruising Division. His step-by-step instructions, check lists and the book’s many detailed photos and drawings will help you help your sails. What did your last sail repair cost? Could you have done it yourself–or perhaps even avoided the damage entirely? Investing in this book could save you major money in the long run by significantly increasing the useful life of your sails. Sailmakers might want to keep a copy handy in the loft for care-and-repair reference, too! Read the rest »

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (January 15, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Into the Light reviews

“(One of)…the best books of 2002…Told with warmth, humor, and concern for their children’s safety, well-being and education with which every parent will identify.” Latitude 38 magazine “An astonishing testamant to the resilience of steel boats and human beings…” Cruising magazine “Into the Light is a passionately felt, wonderfully lyrical account of a family’s journey of discovery. With humor, philosophy, and its fair share of spine-tingling adventure, this book is destined to become a classic.”  Steve Dashew “An inspiration…a remarkable literary debut.” Great Lakes Boating magazine Read the rest »

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (January 12, 2009)    |    Comments (0)

Bio for Dan Neri, author of Sail Care & Repair

Dan Neri and his partner Ken Read built the most successful independent sail loft in the US, and their sails won regattas and offshore races throughout the world. In addition to a strong following among cruising sailors, Dan was the premier source for short-handed racers’ sail design and construction in the US. Dan and Ken later sold their loft to North Sails, where they both still work. For a number of years Dan was director of sailmaking for North US, and he’s now in charge of the North Cruising Sail Division. Dan in high demand as one of the top racing sailors in the world, and consults with owners and designers on cruising and racing boats, their rigs, rigging, and sails. He and his family have also cruised extensively, most recently with a nine-month sojourn into the Caribbean.
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Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (January 9, 2009)    |    Comments (0)