I just finished reading "Confessions of a Long-Distance sailor" by Paul Lutus. He has the entire book online, for free at his website here: http://www.arachnoid.com/sailbook/index.html I highly recommend the book. It chronicles his 3-year solo journey around the world in the late 80's. Here are some comments from the site:
[ in a review of "Maiden Voyage" by Tania Aebi posted at amazon.com ] I would recommend "Confessions of a Long Distance Sailor" by Paul Lutus instead of this book. It's written far better, has just as many aventures, is far more education in a worldly and sailing sense, and best of all, it's free.
— Chad Lawie
I'm about 55 pages into your book and wanted to tell you it is very good — charming, honest, insightful, a fine, fine story. You should really feel good about it.
— Sam Hill, author of five novels, http://www.samhillonline.com
I have been touched on many levels by your wonderful story. Of course I knew nothing else about you other than the fact that you did what so many of us think we would love to do. I have interrupted my wife's quiet reverie countless times to read aloud a few words that you wrote. Apart from all your other wonderful accomplishments, thank you for this one.
— Tim Sperry
I just finished reading "Confessions." Thanks for writing it and making it available for free. I especially enjoyed all the philosophical and scientific tangents you go off on, while keeping everything somehow related to the sea. The last few days, I even had dreams of being on a boat.
If I have half as many interesting experiences as you've had by the time i'm your age, i'll be a happy man.
— William MacKay
I just wanted to thank you for writing such a wonderful book about your circumnavigation ... marvelous!
— Marv Paulie
I have started to read your "Confessions" ... I am amazed and inspired.
— Arlette Krampe