Originally Posted by Lance Gettler
...Unfortunately this is one of those situations where you ended up with a book that was well below your level of expertise and not intended for you. As the title implies, it is a list of 25 things every sailor needs. Someone with your expertise undoubtedly knows 25 basic items every sailor needs. The book was aimed toward the newbie sailor looking for a starting point & I'll concede that it wasn't the greatest thing I've ever written, but fills a specific need...
..Oh – and I drink way too much.
I'm coming late to this party, but I can't resist.
Back when Cruiser Log was first started, I provided my "Cruising Dictionary" to CL free of charge. When Lighthouse commented that if I did so, I couldn't later publish it and charge for it. I said then that I understood; offering it free on CL was still cheaper for me than what I had been doing for cruisers we met - printing it out and giving the printout to them for free.
It's still offered for free, it's fairly long (30, 50, ?? pages), and usually referred to as "Cruising FAQ's", with a link Cruising information, sailing FAQ's, questions and answers and dictionary.
I cheerfully acknowledge that I am no expert on anything, but I am a pretty good listener who has learned something new from just about everyone I've ever met. And those lessons, plus the insights from the many mistakes that Peter and I made as we cruised, are what I freely give back to the cruising community.
But we are cruisers.