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Recommend me some books about old sailing ships

I'm in a mood to read non-fiction history books dealing with sailing ships. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Jul 22, 2014 - 23 answers

Sailing 101

I'm joining friends on their 28' sailboat for a week this summer. I haven't really ever sailed, and I'd like to read or watch some materials to get me up to speed on the basics and concepts beforehand, so I'm not this guy. What would you recommend?
posted by benbenson on Jun 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Affordable intermediate sailing lessons in NYC: is it possible?

Ahoy! I've taken (and enjoyed) Manhattan Sailing Club's basic intro to sailing course and been on the water several times in other places. I'm now looking for a way to continue to sail and learn in New York on the weekends. Is there anywhere you can take a non-beginner class with an instructor without emptying your bank account? [more inside]
posted by J-Do on Jun 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Sailing gear for a summer on a tall ship

I will be working as a deckhand on a tall ship this summer, sailing up and down the East Coast of the U.S. I need to buy foul weather gear in the next few days. I know I need a jacket, pants, boots, and a rigging knife. What should I look for when I purchase these items? Is there anything else essential that I need, gear-wise? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on May 21, 2014 - 15 answers

Sailing from Adelaide to Hobart as a passenger

I would like to travel by sea as a passenger from Adelaide to Hobart in November, and then return to Adelaide in the same manner after a week. Is this doable? What are my options? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Apr 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Are we there yet? 17th Century Version.

How long did it take to sail from the Americas to England in 1609? And vice versa? [more inside]
posted by Big_B on Nov 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Tell me about the Florida Keys

I'm thinking of planning a vacation to the Florida Keys. Where are the places to go? Snowflake detail: I'll be traveling by sailboat. [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Sep 3, 2013 - 7 answers

When are corrected times and class winners announced in a yacht race?

I'm writing a story about the Newport Bermuda Race, and having trouble with one detail in particular: I know that there's a total elapsed time for the race, and then a corrected time which determines the actual winner in each class/division, but I don't know when a crew would be informed of their corrected time or of where they placed in their division. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Aug 31, 2013 - 5 answers

Introductory sailing lessons in Bar Harbor, Maine?

My extended family will be getting together next week near Bar Harbor, Maine. Several of the youngsters have expressed an interest in learning how, or at least being introduced, to sailing. None of us is familiar with the area. Any recommendations for sailing lessons in the area?
posted by skyscraper on Aug 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Sailors of Metafilter: gear me up!

I recently started sailing lessons (on the windy, wavy waters of the San Francisco Bay) and am at the point where I need my own foul weather gear (and some other stuff…) [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon on Jul 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Sailing for the Spatially Challenged

I am trying to learn to sail, but have never been able to visualize angles or shapes in space, which seems to be a required sailing skill. Are there other ways to think about sailing that would help me? [more inside]
posted by megancita on Jul 9, 2013 - 32 answers

Why do you sail?

I have started to go sailing with a friend. A small 16 foot hobie cat. I would love to like it, but I'm not really sure I get it. My friend wants to eventually sail around the world (on a different boat!). I'm not so sure and struggling to get past the learning stage. So why do you sail? Any tips for getting the most of it? I particularly enjoyed Pirsig's essay Cruising Blues and Their Cure which covers some of my ambivalence.
posted by molloy on Jun 5, 2013 - 16 answers

How to give him the gift of sailing (in San Francisco)?

Husband is a devoted new father... almost TOO devoted. For Father's Day I want to give him a chance to get out the house for a while and maybe rekindle his interest in an old hobby. In college he was a member of the yachting club and he talks a lot about wanting to get back into sailing but not having the time. Without knowing anyone with a boat, is it possible to give him a sailing experience for a day? [more inside]
posted by annekate on May 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Can one wetsuit do all of this? (Sailing/Swimming)

Looking for a wetsuit that I could use for late fall/winter swimming + Spring/Fall/Winter Sailing. Can I get all that in one suit? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on May 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Buying-a-Boat Filter:

A friend and I are looking into buying a boat and living on it whilst sailing around Europe next year, I understand that there are going to be a lot of challenges, but the first one: is it financially viable. [more inside]
posted by Ned G on Mar 25, 2013 - 16 answers

Gift ideas for people going on a sailing trip

My parents are taking off in a couple of months to go sailing for a year. I'd love to get or make or do something for a farewell present, but I have no idea what. Help! [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Mar 17, 2013 - 9 answers

2 Pi in the service of the King

Looking for suggestions regarding old books (Napoleonic era) on the subject of navigation and/or trigonometry [more inside]
posted by honestcoyote on Dec 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Gift ideas for a 6-month tour, a 6-month tour...

You just retired from being a high school English teacher and are now about to embark on a long mutiple country voyage on a boat with your husband. What would be an awesome gift for you from a former student, assuming space on the boat is limited? [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc on Dec 13, 2012 - 14 answers

The USS Dick Cheney

Nautical reenactors/historians, help me understand this news of the weird. [more inside]
posted by 7segment on Sep 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Should we live on a yacht in London?

My boyfriend and I are moving to London in the next few months. Are we crazy to consider sailing his 10m yacht there and living on it in a marina, especially going into the winter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2012 - 24 answers

Sailing away from DC!

Do you know of any good places within a 2-hour commute of DC where it's possible to rent a sailboat and stay somewhere cheap for a weekend? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Jul 2, 2012 - 2 answers

Floatings and boatings!

Where in the US (ideally east coast) can I go sailing on a full-rigged ship? [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on May 26, 2012 - 14 answers

this'll be great!

Help me find an article I only vaguely recall. It involves sailing and unrealistic expectations of travel. [more inside]
posted by MillMan on Apr 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Cheap sailing in Chicago

What is the easiest and cheapest way to go sailing in Chicago without buying a boat? [more inside]
posted by enn on Mar 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Not a nautical themed pashmina afghan, please.

I'm looking for a gift for someone who just bought an ancient 35-foot yacht that she intends to spend the next couple of years renovating, and then live in. I want it to be kind of a house-warming gift, but, y'know, for a boat. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Dec 29, 2011 - 19 answers

What's a game with an interesting sailing system?

What are some examples of computer/board games with interesting tall-ship sailing systems? [more inside]
posted by kithrater on Sep 28, 2011 - 14 answers

I want to have fun!

Sailing and seasickness: I'm taking an introduction to sailing class, but sometimes get seasick. What is the best way to make this fun and not just two hours of nausea. [more inside]
posted by dame on Sep 14, 2011 - 21 answers

How to tell if a sailboat skipper is legitimate?

Blue-water sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and seafaring MeFites: what are good indicators that a sailboat owner/skipper is legit? [more inside]
posted by Quietgal on May 18, 2011 - 12 answers

What do you mean heels are a bad idea on a boat?

What should I wear sailing in San Francisco this weekend? Bonus complication: I'm attending in a corporate wife capacity. [more inside]
posted by Zophi on May 11, 2011 - 17 answers

I want to sail around Australia. Help me!

I'd like to circumnavigate Australia in a sail boat one day. What's the best way to learn about sailing to prepare me for the trip? what do I need to know to survive? and more... [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Apr 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Ahoy MeFi Mates!

SchoonerFilter: For a bit of fiction in the works.... Could four men sail an 1807 version of a schooner like this. Plus another schuestion. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Mar 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Mental Illness and becoming a USCG Licensed Mariner?

How is diagnosed but treated Bipolar I viewed by the US Coast Guard and Dept of Homeland Security when seeking MMC and TWIC? How about maritime employers? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Feb 25, 2011 - 4 answers

What kind of adrenaline-filled experience can I get as a gift?

Looking for places in the US where you can race a car, sail a boat or do some other adrenaline-filled activity for a weekend. This is for a birthday gift in April. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2011 - 13 answers

kiss my ass, i bought a boat, i'm going out to sea

Looking to put together a list of songs about sailing and/or boats...but that aren't really about sailing and/or boats. [more inside]
posted by zap rowsdower on Dec 21, 2010 - 49 answers

Sailing, Sailing away, to where were goin

I was a guest at a sailing club and the Commodore said I could get a flying scot or comparable boat for around $1000. Sailing was fun, fun, fun. What's the best used boat that could hold 6 people in the price range of $1-2k [The lake is White Rock Lake in Dallas, TX -- pretty small lake]
posted by DB Cooper on Oct 18, 2010 - 13 answers

What are your favorite coastal towns and local treasures along the northeastern US seaboard?

What are your favorite coastal towns and local treasures along the northeastern US seaboard? [more inside]
posted by cior on Jul 18, 2010 - 15 answers

Ye olde seafaring wisdom (preferably in the form of cutesy alliteration)

I'm currently learning how to sail. In my first class, the instructor taught us "tiller toward trouble" (i.e. if about to crash, push the tiller toward it, which will turn the boat away), and I loved how easy it was to remember. What are other similar sayings or memory tricks regarding sailing that I should know? [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Jul 8, 2010 - 30 answers

Pimp my sailing trip!

Going on a two week sailing trip: What do I need for my comfort and entertainment? [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda on Jun 29, 2010 - 24 answers

God is still about 73% angry with us.

"It's a myth that Noah's flood ever ended- two thirds of the world is still covered by it." Almost certainly a paraphrase on my part, but I can't find the original quote or its source. It probably came from a book about sailing- Meville? Slocum? Bueller?
posted by zap rowsdower on May 5, 2010 - 2 answers

A matter apparently trivial, indeed.

This might be a bit of a long shot, but I have a question about a particular passage in Herman Melville's Billy Budd. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Apr 14, 2010 - 8 answers

There is nothing half so much worth doing as mucking about in boats.

Would a catamaran or a dinghy be better? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Dec 20, 2009 - 16 answers

A tall ship, and a star to sail her by...

So... I'm going to sail around the world in the most dangerous race... [more inside]
posted by PROD_TPSL on Nov 28, 2009 - 20 answers

Bareboat Sailboat Fun

Looking for advice on a Christmas week sailing trip [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Nov 12, 2009 - 6 answers

Am I gunshy after "Balloon Boy" or are there legitimate reasons to question whether Jessica Watson is really sailing around the globe?

Am I just gun-shy after the "Balloon Boy" hoax or are there legitimate reasons to question whether Jessica Watson is really sailing around the world? What evidence can you find to support the theory that this is another hoax and what evidence can you find that refutes that theory? [more inside]
posted by kellygreen on Oct 27, 2009 - 20 answers

Career Change to sailor: *Insert cliche navigational pun here*

Career Filter: My goal is to spend a few years (maybe more) living at sea as professional crew on a ship/yacht/tall ship. How do I get there quickly but responsibly? What training? What is the job market like? What jobs to look for? Help!? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Oct 22, 2009 - 9 answers

If Indiana Jones were a sailor, what hat would he wear?

HatFilter: I'm looking for a functional, stylish hat for sailing (worried mostly about sun not foul weather protection). Bonus points for a unique, "adventure" flavor like Indiana Jones. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Aug 17, 2009 - 26 answers

Having fun sailing for couples

How to have a great time on a learn-to-sail course? I'm going with a fairly new boyfriend who I really like but don't know terribly well yet. We'll be sharing a cabin in a fairly small sailing boat for a week in cramped conditions and very hot weather. We'll be doing some night sailing with trips into port every other day or so. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Aug 6, 2009 - 19 answers

Sailing in the Mediterranean?

Sailing in the Mediterranean? [more inside]
posted by paulramshaw on Jul 16, 2009 - 4 answers

Landlubber to Cruiser in 3 easy steps

Long term goal, become a permanent solo sailboat cruiser. Immediate goal: I just want to learn to sail and maintain a sailboat proficiently. Advice? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Jul 12, 2009 - 16 answers

I just want Pu get some Sound advice.

Where (literally) on Puget Sound should my wife teach me how to sail our 16ft Hobie Cat? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Jun 25, 2009 - 1 answer

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