The Trailer Sailer Owner’s Manual
by Gregg Nestor
A Book Review by Tony Green
book on trailer sailing?”
my wife asked. Her
sentiments echoed mine when I first
picked up The Trailer Sailer Owner’s
Manual, by Gregg Nestor. But knowing
Mr. Nestor’s reputation as a boating
author, I gave his new book a
chance and was very glad that I did.
chapters and a surprising
amount of new information made
this book stand out from others in my
library. There are sections on buying
and selling a boat and a very thorough
discussion on the often-neglected
trailer. After all, “trailer sailer”
begins with trailer, Nestor points out.
The weather primer is excellent, as is
the list of Amish cleaning supplies;
simple, inexpensive and environmentally
friendly compounds for any
boat cleaning job. There also are the
expected topics on anchors, knots,
batteries, outboards and the like that
are informative and thorough.
focused chapters provide
for easy reading and make it easy
to skip a chapter without losing continuity.
There are a few obscure topics
that will likely be skimmed by most,
such as reducing electrical noise interference
and blocks and tackles.
Knowing the difference between a Gun
Tackle and a Luff Tackle may be salty,
but isn’t practical knowledge for the
average trailer sailer, in my opinion.
Likewise, I found the section on
sealants and adhesives to be very helpful,
but you’ll need to sift through a lot
of specialty chemical jargon to answer
the question “what should I rebed my
cam cleats with?” I found the discussion
on acrylic polymer latex versus
vinyl polymer latex interesting, but suspect
that many readers won’t. If this is
you, just skip to the recommendations
list at the end of the chapter.
There are several
chapters alone that are worth the
price of the entire book. One is the
section on float plans; specifically
the recommendation to leave a copy under the
windshield wiper of your tow vehicle
at the launch ramp. I’ve since
adopted this practice and always do
it when solo-sailing in order to expedite search and
rescue efforts if ever necessary. And
the final chapter consisting of 11
pages of checklists is also priceless.
Using these lists could pay for the
book many times over from one avoided mishap.
on trailer sailing? Yes, but I’m adding this one to my library.
Publisher: Paradise Cay
Tony Green has been boating
since 1985, including eight years on
U.S. Navy nuclear submarines. He
currently teaches for Northern
Breezes Sailing School and sails with
his wife and two daughters on Lake
Calhoun in Minneapolis, on the St.
Croix River and on Lake Superior.