Occupation Circumnavigator: Sailing Around the World

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Lars Hässler originally only intended to sail for three years, but ten years later he returned - with a wealth of experience, many new friends and memories, and the knowledge and anecdotes that he shares in this entertaining and inspiring book. By using his funds judiciously and topping them up taking charter guests on cruises, Lars was able to extend his journey, and here he shows how anyone can circumnavigate (or sail for an extended period) ...

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Overview

Lars Hässler originally only intended to sail for three years, but ten years later he returned - with a wealth of experience, many new friends and memories, and the knowledge and anecdotes that he shares in this entertaining and inspiring book. By using his funds judiciously and topping them up taking charter guests on cruises, Lars was able to extend his journey, and here he shows how anyone can circumnavigate (or sail for an extended period) without huge funds. Woven into the book is advice on:

Costs - before you leave and underway

Equipment - for power, navigation, weather, communications

Route planning, distances and annual weather patterns

Choosing crew, dealing with different personalities and making it work for everyone

Clearance routines and dealing with bureaucracy

Emergencies, medication, provisioning

In other words, the practicalities that everyone needs to know. With its gorgeous photo section, practical advice on planning and financing such a venture, fascinating accounts of the places visited and a helpful final chapter on 'After the Circumnavigation - What Next?', this is a hugely enjoyable read for anyone thinking or dreaming about an extended cruise.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Lars, the modern day Odysseus...is in many respects an extraordinary person, a man who had the guts to chuck it all in and opt for a lifestyle that others dream of their entire lives... Any reader planning to follow the author's example will find many useful tips on how to earn a living while cruising. Thank you!"— From the Foreword by Jimmy Cornell
 
"Most sailing books divide into two categories...a technical nature and intended as educational...or..some intrepid sailor's recollections...This interesting book successfully manages to combine both functions....His technical and administrative advice is quite sound...A good read at a modest price."—Nautical Magazine
 

"An entertaining and instructive book for anyone planning a long distance cruise." —Boat Mart

"Great photographs and plenty of sailing hints and tips."—Practical Boat Owner

"With its gorgeous photograph sections and fascination accounts of the places visited, this is a hugely enjoyable read for anyone thinking (or dreaming!) of an extended cruise."—Royal Naval Sailing Association

"Useful information on energy saving plus communications, choosing crew and how to start a new career as a charter skipper, as well as how to hitchhike round the world as crew."—Yachting Monthly
 

"An instructive account of how anyone can circumnavigate (or even sail for an extended period) without huge funds. Hassler originally set off, intending to sail for three years, but by judiciously using his funds, and topping them up by taking charter guests on cruises, he sailed for ten years. Woven into the book is advice on, costs, distances, timing, power needs, food and medication—in other words, the practicalities that everyone needs to know about. And at the end, there is a helpful chapter providing advice on ‘After the Circumnavigation—What Next?"—The Nautical Mind

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408112014
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,374,674
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lars Hassler is a sailor, diver, skier, mountaineer, marathon runner, aerobics instructor and has a Masters in Law. After his ten year cruise around the world, he returbaned to Sweden where he lectures and writes books in the winter, and sails in the Mediterranean with paying crew in the summer.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Jimmy Cornell viii

Preface ix

Part 1 Planning

Why a life at sea? 2

Casting off - a feeling of freedom 8

Charter Skipper in the Caribbean - a new career 13

Profiles of circumnavigators 23

How to hitchhike the world 25

Food, medicine and cockroaches on board 30

Emergencies - Jennifer in danger 34

The budget - $650,000 plus or minus a zero 38

Planning - the route, the distances and the hurricanes 40

Clearing routines - the yellow 'Q-flag' 43

Navigation - the new electronics 49

Energy - solar, wind and water power 56

Part 2 The Voyage

The Caribbean - my adventure starts 62

The South Pacific - the dream of paradise 74

New Zealand - the land of the Kiwis 100

Australia - the world's longest reef 106

Tonga and Fiji again - Jennifer as a 'love boat' 109

Micronesia - the small islands 117

Papua New Guinea - 10,000 years in a lifetime 146

Return to Australia - Pandora's box 157

Indonesia - dragons and spices 161

Ho Chi Minh - first boat in Vietnam 171

South-east Asia - pirate danger 179

The Indian Ocean - the other South Pacific 189

Africa - the Third World's third world 203

South America - Carnival and a trip on the Amazon 215

Return to the Caribbean - the banana war and drugs 225

Cuba - Che Guevara's memory lives on 230

Sailing home - the last Atlantic crossing 238

Part 3 What Next?

How did it turn out? 246

Is there life after a circumnavigation? 248

A post-circumnavigation plan 251

Excerpts from Jennifer's guest book 262

Appendix

Jennifer's distances over 10 years 266

Cost of yacht and equipment 268

Useful books 275

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