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The Bookshelf

Below are more than a few books and references that we’re finding helpful. We hope you find these useful and fun as well. We will continue to update the list as we discover more. Purchasing them from the links below help fund our dream. You get a great online price and a very small portion of the sale comes to us through the Amazon Affiliate program.

General Reference

Women & Cruising Books

Maintaining a Sailboat

Seamanship Skills

Cruising Guides



  • Yoga On Board – Book, DVD & seminars show you how to adapt yoga to the spaces aboard your boat.

Provisioning & Cooking


Voyaging Narratives

Free Online Cruising Narratives

Other Free Online References

  • The Trouser Rollers, Bill & Pat, have posted a HUGE Cruising Handbook that they wrote which you can download free in PDF format.
  • Where There is No Doctor (a village health care handbook) – Recommend you buy the paper version to keep aboard but it’s available electronically too
  • The Ship’s Captain Medical Guide – UK’s maritime and Coastguard Agency. Free, downloadable medical guide.
  • Cruising Medical Kit – Dr. Mark R. Anderson’s article on putting together a medical kit for cruising sailors and to anyone else that may need to function independently of traditional medical resources.
  • Outfitting Checklist – (Download) Pam Wall, Outfitting Manager at West Marine, has a useful Outfitting Checklist that you can download here. Useful in preparing for bluewater cruising, it lists essential spares & boat equipment for anchoring, docking, dinghy, electrical, electronics, engines, galley, navigation, etc.

Gear We Love

All of the tools and gear listed below we actually own and use aboard Kaleo.

  • Platypus PlusBottles – Great for toting water on the go. Clips on a backpack and rolls down when it’s empty.
  • Waterproof backpack – Inexpensive and great for packing a change of clothes or the laptop on a wet dinghy ride
  • Sailor Bags – These bags are sturdy, fully collapsible, water resistant and guaranteed for life making them ideal for anyone active on and off the water
  • Clear dome umbrella – An easy way to stay dry on a wet dinghy ride while still being able to see in front of you
  • Jump drive – for sharing photos and other resources with fellow cruisers
  • MSR Packtowels Personal XL – Ultrasoft, compact, quick-drying and Anti-Microbial towels make drying off easy in humid environments
  • Canon Powershot D10 Waterproof Camera – known as the cruiser’s camera, it takes beautiful shots and stands up to the hard life of living in saltwater
  • Lock & Lock Food-Storage Containers – airtight, watertight, durable polypropylene storage containers that seal in freshness of provisions like baking supplies (flours, sugars, etc.), rice, pastas, cereal, crackers, cookies, etc.
  • Adventure Medical Marine 1000 Kit – the ideal cruisers’ first aid kit designed for short offshore adventures. Well stocked to tend to the crew if medical care is 12 – 24 hours away.
  • Bullet 2HP WiFi booster – Internet access on the boat when there are unlocked signals within about five miles
  • Hawaiian sling – a slingshot type of device used for spearfishing
  • Lookie Bucket – a clear bottom bucket used for checking the anchor or looking at reefs without getting wet
  • Mr. Heater Buddy – an indoor-safe propane heater for those cold nights we encountered when heading for tropical cruising grounds
  • Iris 50 Hand bearing compass – an effective well-made compass for taking bearings when navigating close to shore or tracking a massive freighter’s direction when they’re too close for comfort
  • Picquic Mariner – a rustproof fullsize 7-in-1 multibit screwdriver with custom ordered bits to fit the square head screws used on Kaleo (most Canadian-built boats)
  • POWER8 Workshop – the most common power wood working tools combined into one flexible unit that packs into a small case and is battery powered, meaning it can be used in remote anchorages or when away from a power source

Blogs We Follow



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