The Impractical Boat Owner
This is a book with no practical purpose whatsoever. As any fan of Dave's would probably guess, a book by him won't make you a better sailor, and it won't provide any instruction on boat maintenance. But it will entertain - his light but observational writings tap the rich well of all those things that sailors know but few dare admit.
Just open up this book for a little browse and within seconds you will be smilling at the sheer truth wrapped up in its total stupidity! Yes, this is definitely not the book to buy for brushing up for your yachtmaster exams but it will certainly help you to take sailing less seriously. We might not have ended up in some of the situations but I bet we have come pretty close.
The Impractical Boat Owner is a collection of Dave's columns for Practical Boat Owner magazine, expanded for the book, and with additional 'Lessons Not Learned' hints and tips boxes, all accompanied by Jake Kavanagh's wonderful cartoons. Taking us from Dave's first flounderings afloat to more recent, er, flounderings afloat, themes covered include: - first attempts at sailing - how not to sail singlehanded- mysteries of maintenance- how not to sail with a dog- the impenetrable mysteries of navigation and weather- how not to race The Impractical Boatowner is an antidote to all that's written about expensive shiny new yachts, self-improvement, the quest for qualifications and practical skills.
Dave Selby is actually a seasoned veteran with 12 Atlantic crossings behind him - all of them in an aeroplane and one in first class! In reality he enjoys sailing around the East Coast in his 18 ft Sailfish. This book chronicals his meteoric rise rise from from novice to completely incompetant.