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Last Updated on September 13, 2023 by Amy
I’ve always been a big reader, but since moving onboard the boat, the number of books I consume every year is truly terrifying. Thankfully, I have figured out how to read many books for free (legally, of course!)
As sailors, it’s nice to read about adventures similar to our own, though usually there’s more drama and higher stakes in sailing fiction! I’ve put together a list of fiction books set around sailing adventures in a variety of genres.
I’ve tried to include a universal (non-Amazon) link where available, but some books are only available on Amazon.
Have you read any of these? Do you have a recommendation for sailing fiction?
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Suspense: Nadine Slavinski
N. Slavinski is a sailor, author, and archaeologist turned teacher. Her fiction works place memorable characters in exotic locations and vividly capture the fun, fascinating world of globe-trotting sailors. Although The Silver Spider is the product of an imagination fed by many a starry night on the open ocean, most of the locations and sailing details are based on personal experience. Enjoy the adventure!
Historical: Pamela Grimm
Pamela Grimm writes historical maritime fiction based on her lifelong love of sailing and the sea. She holds a USCG captain’s license and is active as a commercial and recreational sailor.
Cozy Mystery: Ellen Jacobson
Ellen Jacobson is a writer, cat lover & obsessed with chocolate. She writes cozy mysteries and romantic comedies including the Mollie McGhie Mysteries and the Smitten with Travel Rom-Coms.
Romance: Liz Alden
This is me! I write romances under the pen name Liz Alden. The first three books are set on sailboats.
Liz Alden is a digital nomad. Most of the time she’s on her sailboat, but sometimes she’s in Texas. She knows exactly how big the world is—having sailed around it—and exactly how small it is, having bumped in to friends worldwide.
She’s been a dishwasher, an engineer, a CEO, and occasionally gets paid to write or sail.
Romance: Trish Doller
Trish Doller is a writer, traveler, and dog rescuer, but not necessarily in that order. She is the author of Float Plan, The Suite Spot, and Off the Map. She has also written several YA novels, including the critically acclaimed Something Like Normal. When she’s not writing, Trish loves sailing, camping, and avoiding housework. She lives in southwest Florida with an opinionated herding dog and an ex-pirate.
Adventure Fiction: Paul Trammel
Paul Trammell is a solo sailor exploring the world on his 40′ cutter Windflower and writing books about his adventures, novels, and self-help books about alcoholism. He is also the host of the podcast Offshore Sailing and Cruising with Paul Trammell.
Children’s Books: Elayna Carausu
Elayna Carausu has been sailing the world for the past eight years, traveling over 70,000 nautical miles. She’s now a mother of two beautiful boys, which sparked the inspiration for this book.
The Little Sailor’s ABCs is her first published book and was written at sea where her imagination runs wild. She’s humbled to be able to share little pieces of the experience through this journey from A to Z.
Comics: Sarah Steenland
Ahoy! I’m a Cruising Cartoonist, travelling the world with my family aboard the sailing vessel ‘Seamonkey’. I write and illustrate children’s books and graphic novels, freelance as a cartoonist for companies such T-mobile and specialise in illustrating kindle kids books for other authors.
I adore ‘boatschooling’ my two squids (kids) and can’t imagine living in in house back on dry land. My latest series ‘The Adventures of Seamonkey’ is loosely based on our adventures and life at sea.