Books We Read


We have done a lot of research on our search for the ideal yacht, and how to service our boat so it runs sweetly and stays in tip top condition. And since we changed our lifestyle we've had more leisure time and have actually read books for pleasure! Aannsha has also written a contemporary romance novel - and we will be adding our own 'How To' manuals along the way.

This page showcases all of these in case you'd like to read them for yourself.  Every book we recommend on this website is either something that we've found extremely useful for living on a yacht, that we've read in our leisure time, or that we've written ourselves.  We will be adding to this list over time.


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Yacht maintenance & sailing

Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems by Nigel Calder  

"If it’s on a boat and it has screws, wires, or moving parts, it’s covered in Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual. When you leave the dock with this indispensable resource aboard, you have at your fingertips the best and most comprehensive advice..."

Get Nigel Calder's Boatowners Manual here

Cruising Handbook by Nigel Calder  


The most comprehensive and helpful guide for selecting and equipping a cruising sailboat. Whether you’re a coastal or offshore cruiser, you’ll find your most pressing concerns treated with the know-how that makes for skillful, confident cruising.

Get Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook here

How to anchor safely so you sleep well by Malcolm Snook

‘Anchoring seems to be commonly over-looked in preparation by many, yet it's something you do all the time and getting it wrong can be embarrassing, expensive and even dangerous.'

Get Malcolm Snook's How To Anchor Safely here

Books we've written

From Trust to Love Kindle Edition by Aannsha Jones

"Why would you secretly vow to maintain an emotional and physical distance from the one man who feels so passionately right for you?
Why would this man blackmail you?
And why would you marry him when he doesn’t even appear to love you back?
Laurel Chesters is a 26 year old naturopath who's bought a 20 acre property on the Gold Coast Hinterland in Australia to run a healing centre.
Jason Anderson, is building his dream: a hi-tech, eco-friendly retreat. He'll live here with his  daughter, who’s currently with his ex-wife, Veronica, until the first cabin’s built.
However, they both have a problem: Laurel’s property is accessed only via Jason’s land, and his contract clearly shows she has no access. And he is adamant he doesn’t want Laurel or her clients’ cars crossing his land. They are clearly attracted to each other. But with access issues, a jealous daughter and ex-wife to contend with, how will they solve their problems?

Get Aannsha's steamy romance From Trust To Love here

Books we've read

The Muse: A Novel by Jessie Burton

"A picture hides a thousand words...This story set in 1967 follows an inquisitive young Jamaican typist who is determined to uncover the mystery of a masterpiece that arrives at the art gallery where she works. Odelle traces the painting's history back to rural Spain during the revolution in 1936 and a female artist who harbours ambitions of her own."[Aannsha] My friend Liz gave me this book to read while I stayed with her in the UK. It was very timely, given I also paint, and was returning to Spain. I found this a riveting read with rich, complex characters and plot.

Get Jessie Burton's novel here

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