Books; oh my, where to start?
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers and the follow-up The Shadow In The Sands by Sam Llewellyn; Voyages of the Damn Foole by Tom McGrath (his writings appeared in Messing About In Boats); Longitude by Dava Sobel; The Magic of the Swatchways by Maurice Griffiths (shallow water sailing in the U.K. in the very early 1900's); Down Channel by Richard Turrell McMullen (similar to Swatchways, but late 1800's); The Boy, Me and the Cat by Henry Plummer; Secrets of the Viking Navigators by Leif K. Karlsen; anything by Bernard Moitessier, the Pardeys, Eric Hiscock; Alongshore by John R. Stilgoe (a lot of small boat stuff as the title suggests); Tinkerbelle by Robert Manry; The Curve Of Time by M. Wylie Blanchet (O.K., so it's a powerboat, but it is about a widow and her five children along the British Columbia coast just before the depression). The Small Craft Advisor magazine store has a lot of interesting titles listed. Sensible Cruising, The Thoreau Approach by Don Casey & Lew Hackler is also good.
O.K., O.K., so I'll stop here for now.