Books Guides and Products

Here are some Recommended Books

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way

The Complete Rigger’s Apprentice: Tools and Techniques for Modern and Traditional Rigging, Second Edition

The Sailmaker’s Apprentice: A Guide for the Self-Reliant Sailor

The American Practical Navigator

PDF Free at:

Reproduced printed version at:

Dutton’s Navigation and Piloting

YANMAR MARINE Diesel Engine 3YM30/3YM20/2YM15: Service Manual

Complete Flags of the World

Pocket World Atlas
by Oxford University Press

Joy of Cooking

Self-Steering for Sailing Craft
by John Letcher

Self-contained Celestial Navigation with HO 208
by John Letcher

Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen
Mary Blewett

Sky & Telescope’s Pocket Sky Atlas

Ho 211 Sight Reduction Tables –

Compact sight reduction table (modified HO 211, Ageton’s table)

2017 Nautical Almanac

Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair

Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Manual 4/E
Nigel Calder

777 Guide Croatia Slovenia Montenegro Adriatic

Greek Waters Pilot: A Yachtsman’s Guide to the Ionian and Aegean Coasts and Islands of Greece


Here are Products that I recommend

Katadyne Pocket Filter

Here are links to the products that I use and recommend

Katadyn Pocket

Water Microfilter


Products SP128 Mini Water Filtration System


Here are some Useful Links and Guest websites

Charter Reviews

Hi Franz,

I’m a long-time listener to your podcast. Yours was the first sailing podcast to which I subscribed and it remains an informative & enjoyable listen.

I’m writing in response to your earlier email from Christina Davies and your good advice regarding a charter in the Southern Ionian. My partner and I have enjoyed two flotilla charters, both staring from Lefkas, and have written about our experience on our blog –

We’ll be adding further information when work commitments allow – including a review of our forthcoming bareboat charter from Dubrovnik. After that, it’s a final year of saving before we can buy our Moody 36 or Southerly 110 (we still can’t decide how beneficial a swing keel would or wouldn’t be!).

Please feel free to pass my email address to Christina, if you think we can answer any queries.

As a small token of my thanks for all I’ve learned from your podcast, I’ve sent you a little on Patreon – just enough to buy a beer or two!

Keep up the great work & hopefully we’ll cross paths sometime!

Kind regards,

TJ (Bristol, UK),


Here is a journal of the bareboat charter Gary Harris took in Italy along the Amalfi Coast Iscia, Capri, etc.


My friend Neil Fletcher shares some useful thoughts and tips on sailing in Sweden at his sight

Crete Greece

Yachting Pilot for Crete

Crete Sailors Cruising Guide by Tony Cross

I met Tony Cross in the summer of 2013 at the marina in Nikolas when I was sailing in Crete he had posted on the bulletin board in the Marina the availablility of this free cruising guide.

Of course I’m always interested in getting as much information on the area I’m sailing as possible, Tony was glad to provide this PDF file to me for free and he gave me permission to post on this website his goal is to get as much information out into the sailing community as possible.

Thanks Tony we appreciate it!

Click the Image to down load the 12mb 122 page guide in pdf format


French Canals








Cruising the French Canal du Bourgogne 

by Jules Dussek

Pluto July 2013 pt 1 and 2




Just listening to your podcast of sailing from Split.  I sail down here every summer for about 4 years.  Normally sail about 4/5 months of the year.  A couple of years ago a few of us put together a list of anchorages.  You can see what we added here – hopefully it will be of help to your listeners.

Really enjoy the podcast.