Sailing Books

A collection of our recommended and favorite sailing books - each written and recommended by professional sailors. If you have a book recommendation to add to the list, email us at info@islandsailingclub.com.

Our selection also includes books readily available on Amazon - so whether by print or electronic format, it's available. Our"Library" of sailing books includes instructional, many navigation, and a few essentials!

Skippering a Small Keelboat: Skills from the Masters

NauticEd Skippering a Small Keelboat by Grant Headifen

Sail a small keelboat up to twenty-five feet with ease in all nearshore conditions with this unique book—and start a foundation on which you can build... Read more»


Navigation Rules

Essential information for all boaters. This book takes the seemingly dry topic of rules... Read more»


Maneuver and Dock Your Sailboat Under Power

Maneuver and Dock Your Sailboat Under Power: High Winds, Current, Tight Marina, Backing In? No Problems!

If you skipper a sailboat, you know the inherent dangers of docking and maneuvering in a tight marina with high winds and current... Read more»


Successfully Skipper a Sailboat: Modern Lessons

Successfully Skipper a Sailboat: Modern Lessons From the Fastest-Growing Global Sailing Education and Certification Program

Imagine having the credentials to charter and skipper a boat in the Caribbean—or anywhere in the world... Read more »


The Complete Rigger's Apprentice

The Riggers Apprentice Brion Toss

In short, it's the definitive book on the art of rigging and knots.... Read more»


A Manual of Sail Trim

Manual of Sail Trim Stuart Walker

A guide that covers the principles of sail trim, crew movement techniques, maneuvers, and control systems, and gives advice... Read more»


Storm Tactics Handbook

Storm Tactics Handbook: Modern Methods of Heaving-to for Survival in Extreme Conditions, 3rd Edition

In a storm at sea, luck is highly biased toward the sailor who has a plan..... Read more»


The Voyager's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising

The Voyager's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising

This inspirational and comprehensive manual leads you step by step through every aspect... Read more »


Navigation & Weather

Modern Marine Weather: From Time Honored Maritime Traditions to the Latest Technology

Starpath modern marine weather

The definitive manual for learning Maritime weather and resources... Read more»


Celestial Navigation: A Complete Home Study Course

Starpath Celestial Navigation

This book has been used for 30 years, updated periodically as needed. More than 20,000 students have successfully learned ocean navigation... Read more»


Radar for Mariners

Starpath Radar for Mariners

Nothing beats radar for guiding your boat through the darkest night or the thickest fog.... Read more»


Navigation Exercises for Practice Underway

Navigation Exercises for Practice Underway David Burch

We LOVE this workbook. Filled with all sorts of exercises to help train and develop practical skills... Read more»


Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook

Navigation Rules U.S. Department of Homeland Security U.S Coast Guard

The official Nav Rules handbook from the USCG... Read more»


U.S. Chart No. 1: Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms

U.S. Chart No. 1: Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms used on Paper and Electronic Navigational Charts, 12th edition

U.S. Chart No. 1 presents both of the major symbology sets used for marine navigation.... Read more»


Classic Sailing Books - required for any well stocked sailing library!

The American Practical Navigator: Bowditch

American Practical Navigator BOWDITCH

During the last two centuries, almost 1,000,000 copies, of Bowditch.... Read more»


Chapman Piloting & Seamanship

Chapman Piloting & Seamanship

For nearly a century, Chapman Piloting & Seamanship has remained the most respected and widely used guide for boating under power and sail..... Read more»


The Annapolis Book of Seamanship

Annapolis Book of Seamanship

Completely revised and updated to address changes in technology and safety standards... the definitive guide to the art and science of sailing...... Read more»


If owning a boat, or just enjoy "messing about"

Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Manual

Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manua Nigel Calder

The maintenance bible for boatowners and boaters! Read more»


This Old Boat

This Old Boat Don Casey

If "messing about" with boats, this is a revered classic among Sailors... Read more »


The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat

The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat

The Essentials of Living Aboard educates both dreamers and explorers with information about this wonderful and rewarding lifestyle....... Read more»