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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tiller Publishing; Second Edition, Second edition edition (Oct. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888671378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888671377
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Unless you are already living on the uttermost boundaries of ... Western Civilization, you should read ... Hill's book with greatest caution."  —Tom Cunliffe

About the Author

Annie Hill has, since 1975, cruised and lived on a number of unusual sailing craft and has now sailed over 125,000 miles, crossing the Atlantic 16 times and visiting a variety of countries from the Arctic to the Antarctic. She continues voyaging on a small income.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Dunn on Dec 15 2002
Format: Paperback
I'm going to have to deviate a bit from the general consensus of these reviews. The book is good. It's interesting. It contains a lot of information, some of it is plain common sense and some of it is insightful and clever.
I wish they had written more on the actual building of their boat, but I guess that would break away from the topic.
Would you visit a neighboring anchored boat with the intention of getting a meal?
If you can tolerate the authur's rambling style and frequent use of British expressions which at times I didn't understand, I think you'll get something out of the book. (Did you know the British term for kerosene is parafin?)
HOWEVER, please do some more research before you follow their lead. For example, I do not want to trigger a rescue operation at sea anymore than the Hills do. But that's what the rescuers are for and that's what we pay taxes for. If all else fails, don't hesitate to call for help.
Some of their ways can either get you killed or in big trouble. For example, at the time of the writing, they did not have an EPIRB, or a life raft, or even liability insurance. Imagine what kind of problems you face if you're adrift or your home built dory holes the hull of a ...passagemaker?
It's a good read, entertaining and interesting. But not a book that I would consider packed with wisdom.
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This book could make armchair sailors run away to sea.
It all seems so matter-of-fact and straightforward, why would you choose to live through winter when you can build a safe, seaworthy, plywood boat and cruise South for the Winter and North for the Summer. Or even, when folks ask you what you did for your summer holidays, this year instead of talking about the BBQ in the back yard, you could mention a trip to the West Indies.
Book is written with a curious blend of British charm and wit. Not a comedy, but still funny in parts. For those who sigh and say they wish they could just sail away....give them this book.
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Voyaging on a small income was better than I expected.A lot of good and simple ideas.Worth the while for price paid.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gordon B. Kern TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 15 2014
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Love the Personal Stories want to see the another volume.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
How to really finance cruising and ANY OTHER life style. Oct. 31 1999
By Wm. Michael Briggs (wmbriggs@gte.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Annie's book is a treasure trove of how to live on a boat, eat well, construct your own boat, and cruise forever without working. She and her husband Pete live aboard BADGER on about $2000 per year, cruise to the Caribbean, Greenland, England, Europe, etc, etc. Even though Annie Hill has written a book primarily directed to the boating fraternity, her ideas regarding how to live and finance your life are applicable to any place you want to live. If your dream is a farm or a getaway somewhere remote, read this book and learn how to realise your dream. I have corresponded with her on occasion and always have to wait for my letter to catch up with her and Pete because they are somewhere exotic and are having a great time without worrying about financing their trip. They are a most remarkable couple who have done something that no one else seems to have done and she has been nice enough to tell us SPECIFICALLY just how to duplicate her accomplishments. She didn't know that she had written such a remarkable book and when I suggested that she write more about their life she told me that no one would be interested in her and Pete's day to day activities. She is wrong and I hope she shares more of their lives. This is a watershed book and is probably the most important book ever written about cruising. I have read my copy at least 9 times and it has changed my way of thinking about how I want to live and what I need to do to realise that dream. I'm on my way. This isn't a book about the actual trip but about how to do what they do. It's fascinating reading and you will learn an immense amount of practical knowledge and some skills few others ever learn. Annie and Pete aren't wealthy, in fact, they are what most of us would consider to be working class and fairly poor. Still, they know what they are writing about and can accurately convey the skills you need to live without working, yes, without working.
42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Essential reading for anyone contemplating a cruising life Jan. 5 2000
By G Thorp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For anyone thinking of setting off for an extended period of small boat cruising (or voyaging, as Annie more accurately calls it), and not starting with a 6, or even 5 figure bank balance, this book is essential reading. It describes a philosophy of living very different from that maybe experienced before on a cruising holiday, weekend sailing, or even daily life. It starts from the point of view that long term, live-aboard life is both possible and sustainable, providing certain perspectives are adopted. These include rejecting any item of equipment not capable of extended, reliable, cost-effective performance on board a boat (this for example rules out most modern electronics, for entirely sensible and logical, rather than `back to mother nature' reasons), selecting, buying, storing and preparing food from the point of view of where you are, what's available, and how long you may be at sea, and most importantly, managing your limited finances using the most rigorous criteria possible.
Here, Annie applies the basic principles of sound commercial management to all financial decisions (is this a better buy than that over time? can I buy now and save later?) and demonstrates a complete and intuitive grasp of what in the parlance of modern management theory would be called `Total Cost of Ownership Investment Appraisal' - a valuable object lesson for many senior management in some of the largest corporations. She writes about it in her own unique and forthright style, clearly based on many years of real experience, that demands attention and respect.
This is not a `go there, do that, buy the t-shirt' kind of sailing book, but for anyone seriously contemplating long term voyaging on a small budget, or simply wanting a unique insight into an alternative lifestyle from the comfort and security of their armchair, and brave enough to venture past the warning on the cover that this might cause you to challenge some of your most basic beliefs in what passes for `normal' existence, Voyaging on a Small Income, as a useful reference source or a good read, is a must.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
The other "practical" sailor's guide... Dec 17 2001
By Joseph - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm 37, going on 38, with the dreams that many twice my age are now fulfilling. Nearly 20 years of sailing experience on San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento River delta, I've read a lot of books that might one day help me achieve one goal, to sail past the Golden Gate for destinations beyond, to live a simple and modest life among fellow cruisers, and on a boat that isn't born of the cookie cutter-mold. Annie and Pete Hill have echoed what my father and mother always believed, it is possible to own a simple sailboat and cruise far on a small budget. All it takes is the will and discipline to live within means and a very organized and well thought-out budget. In VOASI, Ms. Hill puts it in plain English, even if some of the terms are British, the plans and thoughts that went into building and equipping 'Badger' the way they did and how their decisions not only saved them money, but were sound.
Read this book with care, because it will blow your mind to know that one hundred years after Joshua Slocum, this brave couple are able to cruise simply and simply cruise on a small budget. Lots of great ideas, good examples of the decisions they made and why, and an appendix adorned with study plans of sailing dories from Jay Benford and Group.
If you're looking for a book that explains why you should outfit your boat with expensive electronics and fancy galley appliances, you may want to read one of the thousands of books that echo status quo advice. But, if you really want to know why you don't necessarily need all those fancy gadgets, then "Voyaging on a Small Income" is a MUST READ!
Thanks Annie and Pete.
Enjoy. As always, Fair winds and happy cruising.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This is a dangerous book, Dec 23 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Do not read this book if you have a partner who has not read the book as well. You will find a great urge to build a boat and get out of a race with life. Annie admits to "working" for only 15 minutes a day, they live on < 2000 Sterling per annum, and have "done" the Med, Baltic, Greenland, the Intra Coastal Waterway, South Atlantic. She is also a witty and pragmatic writer. Annie Hill makes you see what is really important, and then how little it costs. I've read the book, and I am in deep trouble. Take care not to read this if you do not want to wake up at nights plannig an escape.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Food for thought, not only source Oct. 31 2005
By P. Witt - Published on Amazon.com
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I found the information to be helpful and honest in opinion. I am restoring a sail boat and have been reading tons of books on all systems from electrical, mechanical, heating, cooking, efficiency, safety, etc and felt this book was helpful. It doesn't have all the answers, or cover all the choices, but the author shares what she knows in an honest manner and gives actual models and types of different items for comparison. I liked the female point of view as to ease of management, cleanliness of systems, & actual daily use efficiency. A heating system was rated high, but messy, which made author reluctant to use, I appreciated the candor. As I said....Food for thought, definately worth the price.