There are some products that must be promoted, especially if they add knowledge and value. For Kelly and me, Handbook of Offshore Cruising: The Dream and Reality of Modern Ocean Cruising is the book to read if you are interested in cruising on your own boat.
While still landlocked in our jobs and dreaming of cruising to tropical islands, this book opened our eyes to what cruising is really like, the kind of gear needed, type of vessel to buy, and what to expect.
The author will not fill your head up describing the cruising life as paradise–garnished with gorgeous sunsets and Pina-Coladas, which does exist. Between the covers is an honest depiction, of the good and the bad, and an author that tells the experience well. It is worth the price new or used!