Recommended Books and Products

Here are some Recommended Books

I have almost all of these (and a lot more unlisted Pilots) on my boat bookshelf.  What is not on my boat is in my home library.


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



French Canals



Cruising the French Canal du Bourgogne

by Jules Dussek

Pluto July 2013 pt 1 and 2

Here is the link to buy Jules Dussek’s book on sailing through the French Canals

Pluto’s Travels Through the French Canals

The Feasts of Memory brings alive a world of ancient traditions and colorful customs that will touch the life of anyone wishing to discover Greece. The famous Greek shipping family of Kulukundis is the source of inspiration for a clever combination of travel book, Kulukundis’ autobiography, and a collection of the family’s stories. The tales told around the dinner tables of his family in exile recreate the ancestors’ life on the island of Kasos. These stories are imbued with the sophistication and wit of a Greek expatriate, but at the same time they delve deep into the motivating passions of the Aegean islands. An obliging Uncle George accompanied the author through the labyrinth of tales, narrating and explaining along the way. Uncle George’s uncle, Doctor Nikolakis, was a honey-tongued bachelor who became the character of the longest story in The Feasts of Memory.

This book is an examination of the shipping industry with an emphasis on Greek Islands and the Greek culture and how it relates to the possibility of social networks leading to a world domination of shipping industry. It is asserted by Gelina Harlaftis that historically the unique characteristics of the Greek culture, as it relates to religious, social and economic networks, have allowed certain groups, primarily located on isolated islands in Greece, to dominate the shipping industry. To better understand the shipping industry, the author begins with an historical examination of shipping practices which led to the eventual specialization of specific forms of maritime transportation. The economics of the shipping industry are examined through analysis of the four shipping markets: the Freight Market, the Sale and Purchase Market, the Newbuilding Market and the Demolition Market. The various components which make up the shipping market cycle are explained with an examination of how it relates to the current shipping market. The author then reviews the historical development of shipping in Greece and describes social networks which evolved around the shipping industry and the various islands that became dominant in the industry. An analysis was conducted on two shipping islands, Chios and Oinousses, including the families that historically dominated the shipping industry from these islands. This analysis uses currently available information as to how many of these families remain involved in the shipping industry. Additionally, the current geographical concentrations of the shipping industry are examined. Finally, there is an assertion that the economic social networks remain intact today; however, the influence of specific islands no longer play a part, except through historical relationships which may affect decisions today.

This book is intended to be a source of information for those who wish to charter yachts and Turkey. As time goes on I will be using the same model outlined in this book to provide your chartering information or other popular sailing areas.

I have organized the charter areas of this book geographically from the north to the south of Turkey along the coast starting in Ayvalik and ending with a short description of Finike. I have not included the sea of Marmara and any charter fleets around Istanbul, first of all I don’t know if there are any and secondly having sailed in the sea of Marmara except for a visit to the marble quarries on the north side of the island of Marmara, I can’t imagine why anybody would wish to sail in this area. The water is murky and it is full of jellyfish. If this area remains of interest to you, then I would suggest chartering a boat out of Ayvalik and working your way north through the Bosporus and into the Sea of Marmara.

The most popular charter destinations are along the central west coast of Turkey from Kusadasi to Kekova. The charter bases and charter companies that serve these areas will be covered in detail. This is not a pilot book that may be a project for the future but for now this book deals with the ins and outs of charting a bareboat and the companies providing the boats and services. There are quite a few personal anecdotes mixed in to try and entertain the reader.

This new 8th edition of Rod Heikell’s guide to the coast of Turkey from the Bosphorus to the Syrian border and Cyprus has been revised following the author’s visits to the coasts. Details of new yacht harbours have been collected and the data on the existing entries has been updated and improved throughout. There are many new plans and new photographs from the author and high quality aerial photos of most of the major harbours which gives a fascinating overview and support for the plans. This edition sees a reworked introduction that takes accounts of changing cruising patterns and interests. There is no other guide written in English. Turkish Waters Pilot sets the standards both for pilotage and describing the places to visit and see. Contents: Prefaces; Introduction; General information; Technical information; 1. The Dardanelles to Istanbul; 2. The Aeolian coast; 3. The Ionian coast; 4. The Carian coast; 5. The Lycian coast; 6. The Pamphylian and Cilician coasts; 7. Kastellorizon; 8. Cyprus; 9. The Black Sea and Appendix.

A yachtsman’s guide to the French Mediterranean coast and the island of Corsica by Rod Heikell Covers the coast from the Spanish border to the Italian border including Languedoc and the Cote d?Azur and Riviera. Also covers Corsica. The second edition of Rod Heikell?s pilot to the Mediterranean coast of France and Corsica has been thoroughly updated and revised. This is the only pilot that covers the entire area in one volume. This edition has been improved significantly and, in particular, color aerial photographs now appear throughout the book. There are many new plans and the majority of the existing illustrations have been updated. 8 1/2″ x 12″. 354 pgs. Hard cover. 2008 Pub.
Italian Waters Pilot is the only guide for yachtsmen in English that covers the coasts of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Sardinia, Sicily, the Ionian ‘heel’ and Malta in one volume. This new eighth edition contains numerous revisions throughout, but in particular the text, plans and photographs have been completely overhauled. There are a large number of new and amended plans and Rod Heikell has taken a lot of care to research the details of marine developments. Where it has been available information is given on proposed changes and extensions to yacht harbours. Marine reserves are now an important feature of the coasts and off-lying islands, particularly in Sardinia and Sicily, and this edition provides updated details of the latest regulations. Italian Waters Pilot is the last word on the area for yachts cruising there and on their way between western and eastern parts of the Mediterranean.

This is the only fully comprehensive pilot guide in English to Spain’s Balearic Islands. this new edition of Islas Baleares – Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca, Cabrera and Menorca – has been thoroughly revised for the RCC Pilotage Foundation by Graham Hutt who has visited the islands during 2009 and 2010. Throughout the plans and technical data have been brought up to date.

In 1965, 16-year-old Robin Lee Graham began a solo around-the-world voyage from San Pedro, California, in a 24-foot sloop. Five years and 33,000 miles later, he returned to home port with a wife and daughter and enough extraordinary experiences to fill this bestselling book, Dove.

Here are links to the products that I use and recommend

Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter

Sawyer Products SP128 Mini Water Filtration System


Here are some Useful Links and Guest websites


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



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.