Small boat long cruise stories?

Small boat long cruise stories?

Post by Jos » Thu, 28 Nov 1996 04:00:00



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> I thought Tristan's Sea Dart was only 20 ft.

Yes.  Jones refers to _Sea Dart_ alternatingly as 19, 20, and 21 feet in
various different books and stories.  Of course, only the second half of
his "incredible voyage" was made in _Sea Dart_.  The first part was aboard
_Barbara_, an Alden, somewhat larger at (I think) 38 feet.

By the way, anyone looking for small boat stories (like the guy under the
tarp in the corner of the boatyard) that prove small boats are good for
more than sandpapering, any of Tristan Jones's books are perfect.  The
long ones (like _The Incredible Voyage_) might hold you through a long
winter; for more sporadic reading the collections like _Yarns_ and
_Encounters of a Wayward Sailor_ are just as enjoyable.

Josh

 
 
 

Small boat long cruise stories?

Post by Ron Dwell » Thu, 28 Nov 1996 04:00:00

For quasi "war stories" on small boat cruising, you might check out my
long narrative on Great Lakes cruising:

http://www.gvsu.edu/~dweller/cruisbuk/cruise.htm

Cheers,

 
 
 

Small boat long cruise stories?

Post by Mark Anders » Fri, 29 Nov 1996 04:00:00

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> Has anyone got any good small boat (25 - 30 ft) long distance cruising
> stories to sustain me during the upcoming long winter re-fit?

> Much appreciated.

Dave,
    I'm surprised noone mentioned one of the great somewhat older books.
Trekka Round the World by John Guzzwell.  Trekka's only 20'6" and at the
time, late 50's, was the smallest boat to circumnavigate.  It also
includes Guzzwell's side of the pitchpoling, dismasting, cabin house
destruction of the Tzu Hang.  Amazing epic of jury rigging.

I'd also suggest Great Adventures in Small Boats, by David Klein and
Mary Louise King.  My paperback was published in 1963, but was
originally published as They Took to the Sea, in 1948.  It has excerpts
from several books, and an extensive bibliography.  The excerpts are not
all in boats as small as you're thinking but they include:

Fight of the Firecrest, Alain Gerboault 1926
In Quest of the Sun, Gerbault, 1930
Hurricane's Wake, Ray Kauffman, 1938
N by E, Rockwell Kent, recently republished with all his great woodcut
illustrations.  Somewhat poetic but I found it very enjoyable.
The Cruise of the Snark, Jack London, 1911
Seven Seas on a Shoestring, Dwight Long, 1938.  I highly recommend it.
Very frugal, seat of the pants voyaging.
Wind Aloft, Wind Alow, Main-Marie, 1947
The Saga of Cimba, Richard Maury, 1939
Across Three Oceans, Conor O'Brien, 1927
Around the World Singlehanded, Harry Pidgeon, 1928
10,000 Leagues Over the Sea,  William Robinson, 1932,1944,  I also
highly recommend this.  He had good insights into foreign cultures and
western culture's effect on them.
Voyage to Galapagos, Wm. Robinson, 1936 Not as good
Sailing Alone Around the World, Joshua Slocum, 1899  The archetype!
The Cruise of the Dream Ship, Ralph Stock, 1921
The Cruise of the Teddy,  Erling Tambs, 1934

--
Mark Anderson
Riparia
"The trouble with good ideas is that they soon degenerate
into a lot of hard work" - Anon.

 
 
 

Small boat long cruise stories?

Post by Tim Mark » Sun, 01 Dec 1996 04:00:00

The book is "Maiden Voyage" by Tana Aebi.  You can buy it at most
marine supply store (West or US Boat).  Or try on-line at:
http://www.yachtworld.com/armchair/display.cgi?mark=Cruis32517

 
 
 

Small boat long cruise stories?

Post by Allen Par » Mon, 02 Dec 1996 04:00:00


Quote:


> > Has anyone got any good small boat (25 - 30 ft) long distance cruising
> > stories to sustain me during the upcoming long winter re-fit?

> > Much appreciated.

> Dave,
>     I'm surprised noone mentioned one of the great somewhat older books.
> Trekka Round the World by John Guzzwell.  Trekka's only 20'6" and at the
> time, late 50's, was the smallest boat to circumnavigate.  It also
> includes Guzzwell's side of the pitchpoling, dismasting, cabin house
> destruction of the Tzu Hang.  Amazing epic of jury rigging.

(snip)

I'd also like to add "Sopranino" by Patrick Elam, who as a young Brit just
out of WW-II decided that small boat cruising was practical and
worthwhile... so he and pal Colin Mudie began it all. He gave his specs for
a midget cruiser (based on the canoe-hull concept with a fin keel) to
Laurent Giles, who later designed Guzzwell's boat "Trekka."

Sopranino was less than 20 feet overall, and she carried _two_ young men
(Patrick and Colin) across the Atlantic.

The book is long out of print, but can be found through inter-library loan.
I don't think this one is very well known. I was able to trace the roots of
the post WW-II small cruiser movement. Elam's cruising/racing activity with
his tiny cruisers directly inspired the birth of the J.O.G. and M.O.R.C.
classes, as I understand it...

Fair winds ...

Allen

--
"Don't pinch your course. Sail full and bye!"
_____________________________________________
Allen "Graybyrd" :: Boise & Whidbey Island

 
 
 

Small boat long cruise stories?

Post by Steve Cor » Tue, 03 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Has anyone got any good small boat (25 - 30 ft) long distance cruising
> stories to sustain me during the upcoming long winter re-fit?

> Much appreciated.

> dave.
> (who, for the next 4 months, will be refered to as "that guy
> who lives under the tarp in the corner of the boat yard")
> --
> Dave Strout

> 1965 Tartan 27
> Hull #60

You might look for a couple of books by Shane Acton called, I believe,
'Shrimpy', and 'Shrimpy Sails Again'. They detail the cruises that the
author had in his 18ft (ish) boat Shrimpy.

Steve
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Small boat long cruise stories?

Post by Wayne Oastl » Sun, 08 Dec 1996 04:00:00

HI DAVE,
You might also want to read the book by Lin and Larry Pardey, if you
hve not heard of them already.They are very good and you learn alot.  
They sail a Lyle Hess designed 29ft. and before that they sailed for
years on a Hess 24ft.  Good reading and information on the good and
bad features of small cruising boats.  They swear by boats less than
30ft. for long distance cruising.