A lot of good books for sailors are out there, but here is my list of the definitive Top 5 books for a round the world sailors:
1. World Cruising Routes by Jimmy Cornell
World Cruising Routes has become one of the best-selling nautical publications in the world. This book is to be found on board every long distance cruising yacht, and provide ocean navigators all the information they need, from the planning stages of a voyage to its successful completion.
2. Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual by Nigel Calder
If it’s on a boat and it has screws, wires, or moving parts, it’s covered in Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual (832 pages!). When you leave the dock with this book aboard, you have at your fingertips the best and most comprehensive advice on all on boars systems.
3. Heavy Weather Sailing by Peter Bruce
Heavy Weather Sailing has been regarded as the ultimate international authority on surviving storms at sea aboard sailing and motor vessels. The book brings together a wealth of expert advice from many great sailors including fresh accounts of yachts overtaken by extreme weather. This is the definitive book for crews of any size contemplating sea voyages, whether racing or cruising.
4. Marine Diesel Engines by Nigel Calder
Marine Diesel Engines is a bible for do-it-yourself boatowners. Nigel Calder’s bestseller has everything you need to keep your diesel engine running cleanly and efficiently. Marine Diesel Engines explains how to diagnose and repair engine problems, perform routine and annual maintenance and extend the life and improve the efficiency of your engine.
5. Modern Marine Weather by David Burch
A comprehensive text on how to take weather into account for the planning and navigation of voyages, local or global, using the latest technologies as well as the time-honored skills of maritime tradition. It doesn’t just tell you about it; it tells you how to do it.