Maintaining that there is little preventing one from cruising the world by boat, this book provides practical ideas for turning one's dreams of life at sea into reality, with suggestions for preplanning and simplifying one's life.
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.
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.
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.