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