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19 Best Sailing Books of All Time

Our goal: Find the best Sailing books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best sailing books" into our search engine and study the top 6+ pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2024)

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Last Updated: Monday 1 Jan, 2024

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  1. 1
    Sailing Alone Around the World
    The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea

    Ernest Hemingway

  3. 4
    The Long Way

    The Long Way

    Bernard Moitessier

  4. 5
  5. 6
    Maiden Voyage

    Maiden Voyage

    Tania Aebi

  6. 7
    Moby Dick

    Moby Dick

    Herman Melville

  7. 8
    Master and Commander

    Master and Commander

    Patrick O'Brian

  8. 9
  9. 10
    A Voyage for Madmen

    A Voyage for Madmen

    Peter Nichols

  10. 11
    The Log from the Sea of Cortez
  11. 12
    The Annapolis Book of Seamanship
  12. 13
    The Complete Sailor

    The Complete Sailor

    David Seidman

  13. 14
    Two Years Before The Mast

    Two Years Before The Mast

    Richard Henry Dana

  14. 17
    The Proving Ground

    The Proving Ground

    G. Bruce Knecht

  15. 18
    The Curve of Time
  16. 19
    Gipsy Moth Circles The World


  • How was this Sailing books list created?

    We searched for 'best Sailing books', found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Sailing books are in this list?

    There are 19 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Sailing books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Sailing books on the internet.

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