Cap'n Fatty Goodlander
...the life and times of an inkslinging sea gyspy...
Everything a Cruising Sailor needs to
know about Anchors and Anchoring
written in his own inimitable, laid-back style.
This practical, down-to-earth, step-by-step instruction manual isn’t merely about the basic mechanics of how to anchor—but how to anchor safely, while enjoying your boat more comfortably, in a far greater number of exposed anchorages. It contains everything a cruising sailor needs to know—including the proper cruising attitude and philosophy in relation to international anchoring-as-a lifestyle—and much, much more! It takes a completely new, totally unique “sea gypsy” look at the art and science of anchoring in today’s shrinking world. And, it does it from the penny-pinching perspective of a confirmed “economically-challenged, ever-restless” World Cruiser.
What other book on anchoring contains information on heaving-to, sea anchors, and Jordan Series Drogues? Flopper stoppers? Shore jackals? Dinghies? Anchor weights. Being tide-bound. The Etiquette of dragging. Land sharks. Snubbers. Doing WHAT to a coral head? Cheap DIY moorings. Arming your lead. Fish finders. Aground! Kedging off. Grappling hooks. Chain hooks. Lunch hooking. Hiding a sunken vessel under a floating vessel. Welding cables. Keep-away anchors. Free anchors. Cheap anchors. Free chain by the ton. Salvage. Karma! Sea Swine! Sex and Romance! Dirt Dwellers!
What special precautions should you take while anchoring in very shallow water? How to realistically anchor in 200 feet of depth? And what is the Key Concept to being able to anchor safely—year-after-year—where most sane yachties fear to tread?
And don't forget Fatty's other books
Another of my books, released Nov 2010, is 'RED SEA RUN: Two Sailors in a Sea of Trouble.' It is available through Amazon.com in both print and Kindles editions. It chronicles our 2010 Indian ocean passage, our transit of the dreaded Gulf of Aden, and our trip up the Red Sea to the Suez Canal. It pulls no punches, and describes our fear of the Somali pirates and our disgust with the Suez Canal officials as honestly and straight-forward as possible. While parts of it are funny, some of it is deadly serious. We hope you enjoy it. We enjoyed living it... well, most parts, anyway.
Chasing the Horizon was written in 1990 (with a new illustrated edition in spring of '08) and is one of the wildest life stories and cruising yarns ever written. This is still, after 22 years, my favorite book! Click on either image to go to Amazon.com and learn more.
We need money. But we like to sail. And we know that working can interfere with sailing if you're not careful.
...so we're very careful.
This means a job-job is out. (Frankly, I've never had a job that didn't look good in my rear view mirror.)
Plus, we prefer to shun the shore... too many dirt-dwellers, shore-huggers and dock-queens for our tastes.
So instead we live by our wits. At sea. On landless atolls. Anchored off primitive islands. Far up uncharted rivers. In deserted safe harbors.
...just beyond the jagged rim of civilization.
...aboard the 52-foot schooner Elizabeth (built 1924), the 22-foot double-ender (1932) Corina, the 36-foot Endurance ketch Carlotta (1974) and our current $3,000 hurricane-salvaged S&S-designed 38-foot sloop Wild Card.
...we chase the horizon.
The question is, can this web site help us continue to do so in grand style? If so, it will grow. If not...
We need you to buy one of our books, or if you really don't have any literary criteria, all of 'em! Don't send us the money. We'd just spent it like, well, like drunken sailors. Instead, buy a book HERE.
Eventually, the money will trickle down to us, and we'll be able to buy some food or some more duct tape to repair Wild Card's mainsail. (After 50,000+ ocean miles, that rag is... well, exactly that.)
Oh, yeah. Most of the photographs are for sail...er, sale. Send me an email here for more info.
Eventually, our little devious minds will probably come up with more clever ways of shaking you down for spare change. But for now, this will have to do.
I know. I know.This web site may strike you as kinda casual and laid back. That's fine. We like being silly and irreverent. In reality, that's sort-of our message. Carolyn and I sail around the world and never get too serious. Not even about money. Instead, we just have fun and allow the rest of it to take care of itself.
Remember: The trick is to live while you're alive!
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