“The Book of Sail” is a website to learn about some great cruising equipment, gadgets, useful ideas, and on occasion, some sailing wisdom. I hope you’ll find this website a useful resource whether you are coastal cruising or sailing across oceans. I believe these ideas can save you money, save your back, and make you more comfortable on the boat.
I am the author, Bill Cullen, also know in some circles as “Captain Billy”. I live in Tampa, and am a member of the Tampa Sailing Squadron, The Dolphin Cruising Club, the Catalina 350 Owners Association, and the Seven Seas Cruising Association.
I have been a professional captain & delivery skipper, for over 40 years. I was a yacht broker for a decade, and I have owned and restored over a dozen sailboats. I have over 100,000 miles of offshore racing, cruising, and delivery experience that include duties as captain, navigator, cook, tactician, and helmsman, repairman, and quite often “all of these at once”. I have raced in offshore regattas that include Mexico, Montego Bay, the BVI, Bermuda, and Nassau, and the Caribbean. I have also cruised the Bahamas, Eastern and Western Caribbean, the South Pacific, the French canals, crossed the Atlantic and sailed the Med. You may have read my “How To”, and “Gadget” articles in various sailing magazines including Sail Magazine and Southwinds.
I make presentations to clubs and sailing organizations that are professional, entertaining, and informative. (free or expenses only) Most recently I was a speaker at the SSCA Gam in St Petersburg, the World Cruising Club in Norfolk, the Brandenton Yacht Club and the St Petersburg Boat Show. If you’d like me to be a speaker for your organization or event, just drop me an email and I can send you a list of possible subjects. firstname.lastname@example.org
Please share your inventions and ideas with me and I will publish them here and give you credit. We all need to share what we’ve learned with the cruising community. The idea of this website is to do just that, and by doing so, making everyone’s cruising life more enjoyable.
There are “Affiliate links” on this website; I want to be upfront and let you know that I receive a very small commission when you use the links in this website to purchase some of the items that I have featured. I have shopped around for these items, and found these deals to be about the best you can do. I have also tested some of the “similar” items, for instance, competitors jiggler hoses, buckets, etc, and found the items that I have linked you to are the best ones. I would appreciate it if you use my links, it helps me cover the costs of this website, and testing some products.
Because I could not find a good source for the Cockpit Shades, at a reasonable price, I sell these. See the info on this under the posting or drop me a line. email@example.com
PS. Andy Schell has posted a “Podcast” of a “Gadgets Presentation” that I did for the World Cruising Club in Portsmouth recently. You can listen to it by going to his great website, http://59-north.com/sailfeed/2014/11/10/live-podcast-billy-cullens-gadgets
Go to his website for lots more great info; http://59-north.com/#offshoresailingadventures. Thanks Andy!