A total guide to choosing, outfitting, and sailing a cruising sailboat from one of the most respected experts in sailing anywhere. All key technical and practical aspects of modern cruising systems and equipment are covered along with a summary of the skills necessary for safe, enjoyable cruising. The first half of the book focuses on how to choose and configure your boat, once you've determined it's suitable for cruising. The second half teaches boat handling skills, navigation, understanding weather and anchoring techniques. Fully illustrated with over 750 drawings and photos. 570 pages.