A preview of 2021 in books

Last year may have been tough for most of us, but here at Adlard Coles we’ve been busy commissioning, editing and printing books in the confidence that one day all our current problems will be behind us. So in anticipation of the moment when we can be free on the water once more, we thought we would highlight a selection of upcoming books we will be publishing in the first half of 2021. All of these books can be pre-ordered now (with a special 10% discount) by following the links to our website.


The Canal du Midi is the most popular waterway in France, and in her must-have compact travel guide, Andrea Hoffmann covers all the practical information and sightseeing opportunities boaters need to know about, including suggested itineraries for easy planning, insider tips for where to stop off, highlights not to miss, recommended restaurants, and essential practical information on how and where to charter, locks, bridges, berths and more.

Our popular Reeds Handbook series of pocket-sized guides to all manner of issues important to sailors is expanded this year with the Reeds 9 Language Handbook, which covers (with clear, annotated illustrations) all the topics and terms sailors will need to refer to when abroad, in English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Portuguese and Greek.


Seamanship 2.0 by Mike Westin is a lavishly illustrated and comprehensive practical handbook covering essential seamanship skills – everything a skipper will need to know when the tech goes down, or when they encounter a challenge at sea. It includes best practice, problem solving, emergencies and first aid, helping you to either avoid issues or know how to cope with them if they happen.

Anyone going for their Day Skipper needs to get their Short Range Certificate, and the Reeds VHF Handbook by former Reeds Almanac editor Andy Du Port includes all anyone using a VHF DSC radio system needs to know, whether as part of the syllabus or to fully understand their new equipment. It covers everything radio procedure and channel allocation to VHF radio theory, along with a full explanation of GMDSS.

Last year accelerated the boom in paddlesports, and this year we will be launching our new list of books devoted to all manner of topics related to canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding. Our first title, the Paddleboard Bible by Dave Price, covers absolutely everything you need to know about paddleboarding, whether a rank beginner, someone looking to buy, maintain or repair a board, or someone with experience looking for where SUP can take them.


First published over 50 years ago and now in its fourteenth edition, Through the French Canals by David Jefferson is the bible for anyone cruising through the scenery of the French waterways, or on passage from the English Channel to the Mediterranean. Over 50 different routes are featured, with details of distances, depths, heights of bridges, tunnel lengths and stopping points, along with practical advice on everything from suitable berths to costs and waterway signals.


Duncan Wells’ Stress-Free series has proved very popular with readers, and we will soon publish the second edition of the book that started it all, Stress-Free Sailing. For those sailing single or short handed, this highly illustrated book is packed with step-by-step solutions to all manner of situations cruisers may face, including advice on sail-setting, reefing, mooring, anchoring, sailing in heavy weather, navigation and safety.

Described by TV presenter Ed Stafford as ‘the definitive guide to Britain’s quirky and rugged islands,’ Treasured Islands by Peter Naldrett features all 200 of the British Isles’ inhabited islands. Many you can sail to, and in this unique travel guide, Peter covers everything from must-see attractions to wildlife, history, local food specialities and places to stay.