The Dashews' book is far more than the typical "how-to-set-up-your-boat-for-long-distance-cruising" guide. Over 2,200 topics are covered, ranging from cats and rats to watch-keeping systems, engine instruments to recommended wire sizes, educating children to methods of getting your mail. Whether your ambitions are around the world or down the coast, this book is chock full of good information by a couple who's spent a lot of time cruising the world. And because it contains the point of view of husband, wife, and children, it's particularly well-rounded. Full of pictures and drawings and very well-manufactured, it's admittedly an expensive book, but worth every penny. Third edition. Hardbound, 6 ¼ x 9 ½", 792 pgs.