of the best sailing novels


Moby Dick by Herman Melville

What better way to accompany your explorer yacht expedition to the Arctic (or leisurely cruise around the Mediterranean) than the best summer reads telling tales of great seafaring adventures? From stories of accidental adventures to the capers of famous fictional explorers, we’ve rounded up the best sailing novels to pack for your next superyacht vacation.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Widely regarded as one of the greatest novels of all time, Herman Melville's 1851 tome tells the tale of Ahab, the captain of a whaler obsessed with getting revenge on a white whale, Moby Dick, which had destroyed his ship on a previous voyage causing him to lose both his legs below the knees. Narrated by a fellow sailor, Ishmael, the novel is notable for its accurate portrayal of whale hunting techniques while issues as diverse as class, race, status, religion and good and evil are explored through the whaler's diverse crew. While the book was initially a commercial flop, selling just 3,200 copies during Melville's lifetime, it was saved from obscurity by a 1920's reprint and has gone on to be adapted dozens of times for stage, screen and radio. 

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