A Sail of Two Idiots: 100 Hard-Won Lessons from a Non-Sailor (and Her Husband) Who Quit the Rat Race and Sailed Safely to a New Life in the Caribbea

A Sail of Two Idiots Hard Won Lessons from a Non Sailor and Her Husband Who Quit the Rat Race and Sailed Safely to a New Life in the Caribbea It was the best of dreams it was the worst of dreams it was an age of consulting the nautical experts it was the age of landlubber foolishness it was the epoch of determination it was the epoch o

  • Title: A Sail of Two Idiots: 100 Hard-Won Lessons from a Non-Sailor (and Her Husband) Who Quit the Rat Race and Sailed Safely to a New Life in the Caribbea
  • Author: Renee Petrillo
  • ISBN: 9780071779845
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • It was the best of dreams, it was the worst of dreams, it was an age of consulting the nautical experts, it was the age of landlubber foolishness, it was the epoch of determination, it was the epoch of despair, it was the season of hurricanes, it was a spring of beachcombing If you dream about chucking it all away and sailing toward an island life, read this first Re It was the best of dreams, it was the worst of dreams, it was an age of consulting the nautical experts, it was the age of landlubber foolishness, it was the epoch of determination, it was the epoch of despair, it was the season of hurricanes, it was a spring of beachcombing If you dream about chucking it all away and sailing toward an island life, read this first Renee and Michael didn t have any boating experience and when their plans to remedy that fell through the two had to learn everything the hard way Despite themselves they managed to get from Miami to Grenada, eventually dropping the anchor of their cruising catamaran at the island of their dreams Determined to save future sailors from themselves, A Sail of Two Idiots includes lessons Renee and Michael learned and shares them with you as examples of what and what not to do This a how to guide wrapped in a funny story kind of like getting your serving of vegetables from a slice of pizza Read this and make your dream of sailing away a reality Includes What Broke sections explores the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of a cruising multihull Island section provide assessments of the islands of the Caribbean

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    1. If Bill Bryson wrote a book about learning to sail from scratch, it would be a lot like this one. For all those reviewers complaining about it being poorly writtenally? I guess maybe compared to all those books YOU wrote? I thought the writing style was perfect considering the obvious desire to make the subject more approachable and appealing.

    2. I loved reading this because it was future planning/adventure fodder, but it is poorly written. And disagreed with her on about every score - from she preferred some islands over others to her preferences for boat-type.

    3. Great readReally good read, informative, witty, enjoyable, i really related to author, felt we could have been friends i would highly recommend

    4. I just LOVE this book. These people are so crazy in such a good way. We just bought a small (22' O'Day) fixer upper, so this book was very timely. We have no plans to live aboard, but I'd stay overnight a few times now that this couple has given me courage. If they can do what they did, I can manage a whole lot more with my O'Day than I thought I could!And the Caribbean, too. We sail in Maine, but vacation in the Caribbean. Their insight into islands, snorkeling spots, food, etc is great. Did I [...]

    5. An interesting combination of practical sailing knowledge, and honest look at what it’s like to live aboard a sailboat and funny stories about their time afloat, ‘Idiots’ is part manual part memoir. After reading several stories about people selling all their stuff and sailing south I was ready, but this book give a good look at what it’s really like and is a real eye opener for anyone who’s thinking of trying out the lifestyle. A well written, funny and informative book for the sailor [...]

    6. This book was enjoyable. Although I am a new sailor, I could not believe some of the bad decisions this couple made. Somehow they made it all work out and are having a blast. I found this book very helpful and informative. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to give up terra firma for a sailboat.

    7. I kind of read this one in between some other books. I don't think you need to read this book continuously. It was entertaining and I liked her writing humor. She kept the pace up and she could turn some technical sailing stuff into something interesting.

    8. The book is written in a very casual style, almost like a collection of blog entries tied together. That said, I feel like it gave a very honest description of what life as a live-aboard was like for this couple who sold their house and sailed the carribean for three years.

    9. I knew nothing about sailing. Boy! So much work and so many repairs. I have been to many of the islands. Was disappointed that the volcano hike on St. Kitt's was not talked about more just because I did the hard hike with Two of my daughters. Good memories.I could not do what they did.

    10. I finished this over the holiday weekend. As someone who dreams of doing exactly what the author did, I found this a fascinating read. I may have to reconsider my retirement plans!

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