Headed to Spanish-speaking countries? You need this book -- specialized vocabulary you won't find elsewhere, arranged by cruising situation.

Spanish for Cruisers

Our first couple of years cruising in Mexico, there was one book that went everywhere with me.  When I was on the boat, it was on the nav station, right next to the radio.  Whenever I left the boat, it went with me.  I used it every day.

As you probably guessed, it was Kathy Parsons’ Spanish for Cruisers.  At the Annapolis Sailboat Show, I had the opportunity to meet Kathy in person (we’d previously “chatted” via e-mail and phone) and I got to see the second edition of Spanish for Cruisers.

I thought the first edition was pretty all-inclusive, but the second edition takes it to a whole  new level.  Of particular note — since this is TBG, after all — is the chapter on provisioning with 25 pages of foods and other essential words, which is a wonderful addition to the book.  While you can get some of this in a standard English-Spanish dictionary, it’s really helpful to have it all together and include all those extra words such as “canned,” “smoked,” “dried” and so on.

If you are going to be cruising in Spanish-speaking waters — or having Spanish-speaking workers on your boat in Florida, Texas or southern California — you simply have to have this book.  Even if you’re fairly fluent in Spanish, I’ll bet that it includes words you’ve never seen in a conventional Spanish class, but that you’ll need in dealing with repairs, radio calls, weather reports and mechanical discussions.

It’s going to be one of the most dog-eared books on the boat — it was for me!  (I mean that as a compliment — Kathy has put together one of the great reference books for cruisers.  If you’re traveling to French-speaking islands, be sure to get her French for Cruisers — available on Amazon.)

Headed to Spanish-speaking countries? You need this book -- specialized vocabulary you won't find elsewhere, arranged by cruising situation.

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  • Candy Ann Williams on Facebook
    Posted at 31 October 2012 Reply

    Great resource!

  • Alma Bulterys
    Posted at 03 November 2013 Reply

    Hi Carolyn,
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  • Kathleen Spidell
    Posted at 07 May 2014 Reply

    Great book! Couldn’t have gotten along without it in Guatemala!

  • Robbie Downie
    Posted at 06 March 2016 Reply

    really good book have had it for 5 years now invaluable

  • Georgina Moon
    Posted at 06 March 2016 Reply

    We have the French one. It was really useful for the French canals.

  • Sharon Foster
    Posted at 18 October 2017 Reply

    I highly recommend this, along with the Boat Galley cookbook!

  • Zachary Schweter
    Posted at 18 October 2017 Reply

    make this into an APP!!!! diagrams and all!

  • Heather Picot Walton McCarthy
    Posted at 19 October 2017 Reply

    No way! I didn’t know this existed! Thanks

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