Have you ever dreamed of sailing to the Caribbean, going island to island and swimming in the warm crystal blue waters? well, you’re not alone! The truth is, although your dream is achievable the allure of paradise needs to be planned in depth. So while you dream and you plan you may be interested in reading the following books. These books were written by couples who have actually done the voyage and who were grateful enough to share their experience with us. Here are my top 4 favourite Caribbean sailing books.
1. An Embarrassment of Mangoes
This book is written by Ann Vanderhoof and chronicles the journey she took with her husband from Toronto to the Caribbean’s leaving behind a normal life. The book is well written and touches on caribbean cooking! this book is definitely worth the read. See it on amazon.com
2. Seasoned by salt – a voyage in search of the caribbean
This is the story of a husband and wife who leave everything behind and embark on that dream sail to the tropics. The book speaks well to the daily struggles of sailing, including weather, long passage making and faulty equipment. This is a definite eye opener. See it on amazon.com
3. A sail of two idiots
So the story goes again, a couple leave simple life behind and make their way to the caribbean. This boat talks about the non technical challenges of being out at sea with your significant other. The authors highlights the good and the bad about trying to sustain a marriage at sea. Again a good book to open up everyones mind to the reality of sailing for long periods at a time. See it on amazon.com
4. The Gentlenmen’s guide to passages south
This book is written by bruce VAN SANT who is an experience Caribbean sailer. Its full of insight on what to expect during your sail and is definitely worth a read. See it on Amazon.com (ships to Canada)
Although there are many other sailing books out there, I found the above 4 to be the most pleasant to read. Although the books cover some technical aspects of the journey, the writers also let you into their personal lives which enhances the reading experience. Tell me what do you think?