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August/September 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends:

I never realized just how special voyaging under sail was until Larry and I decided to take a serious tour of the US Western states. For the past two and a half months, we’ve spent most of our time living in the camper mounted on a pickup truck while we traveled through Nevada, Southern Utah, Montana, into British Columbia and finally to Port Townsend Washington. Yes, the sights we’ve seen have often been stunning, mesmerizing, strange, fun, the driving easy, people friendly and helpful, even the police accommodating and forgiving when we accidentally broke a few rules. (Showing an overseas identity card helped there.). …read more

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August/September Cruising Tips

Testing Eggs

Just how fresh is an egg? Though I’ve written lots about keeping eggs fresh, all I could have told you about checking for freshness is – if the shell looks very solid, opaque and feels slightly bumpy the egg is fresher than one that feels very smooth. Then I happened across a book called How to Boil and Egg, by Rose Carraini. The book is a beautiful combination of auther paintings and good tips on using eggs. I loved the recipe but what I remember most is her tip for testing eggs. I tried her test and can assure you it works.  …read more

 

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011editAs Long As It’s Fun: Photo Gallery and more at herbmccormick.com

Just posted on http://herbmccormick.com/.

The complete preface and excerpts from the first three chapters of Herb’s new biography of Lin & Larry, As Long As It’s Fun, have been posted on his blog.
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pardey-bg-main-shadfow-dividerPardey Productions – Books & Videos

 

Pardey Off-Shore Sailing 5-Video Pack – Trailer from SailFlix on Vimeo.


 

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Cost Control While You Cruise (DVD)

What does it actually cost to cruise? How do you keep from blowing the budget you set? Join Lin and Larry Pardey as they share the financial lessons they have learned during 45 years of voyaging and from countless interviews with cruising sailors from dozens of different countries and walks of life. Lin discusses ways to keep maintenance costs in control, the importance of an unstoppable cruising boat and how your ground tackle and dinghy can save you money. Lin also reveals the tempting choice that can double your cruising costs. Larry will show you simple tricks to double the life of your sails. Also included are provisioning tips and planning ideas. This DVD is guaranteed to save you many times its cost while inspiring you to work toward getting “out there” as soon as possible. >>Read more

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Storm Tactics Video (DVD)

“One of the reasons I wanted to sail east-to-west around Cape Horn was to take video shots proving that small vessels can safely weather storms if they are well outfitted and efficiently handled,” Larry Pardey stated after his record-breaking voyage. Lin and Larry completed their against-the-wind rounding of the Great Southern Capes on board their engineless 29-foot Taleisin, weathering nine days of storm-force winds to reach Puerto Montt in Chile. >>Read More
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Cruising has NO LIMITS (DVD)

Skimming before caressing tradewinds, savoring NO LIMITS tropical landfalls, evading stormy seas—such is the image of the cruising life under sail. It is all this, but it can be so much more. Join Lin and Larry Pardey at their New Zealand home base as they recount some of their most memorable adventures during more than 30 years of cruising.>>Read More

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Get Ready to CROSS OCEANS (DVD)

So you feel confident with cruising local waters and are thinking of setting off across an ocean. Before you start planning, join Lin and Larry Pardey on board Taleisin in Fremantle, Australia, as they demonstrate gear storage for offshore voyaging, dinghy choices, warping out a stern anchor, proper life-raft storage, storm trysails, sail repairs, and other valuable hints to help you prepare. Then voyage along with them on a classic trade-wind passage across the Indian Ocean. >>Read More

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Get Ready to CRUISE (DVD)

Join Lin and Larry Pardey at their home base in New Zealand as they share ideas and hints to make your boat safer, easier to handle, and more enjoyable to use. On board Taleisin-the boat that has been their home for 65,000 miles of voyaging – they demonstrate galley upgrades, table design ideas, comfortable seating arrangements, and ways to improve ventilation below deck. On deck, learn how sail and ground-tackle handling can be made easier for even the smallest crew member. >>Read More


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Bull Canyon: A Boatbuilder, A Writer and Other Wildlife

In the tradition of Under the Tuscan Sun and A Year in Provence, Pardey takes readers on a voyage – landlocked, but a voyage nonetheless – of the heart, sharing candidly and with great humor the four years she and her determined husband spent in Bull Canyon. Bull Canyon is the tale story of two “dreamers and schemers” who have taken life by the horns – and bring the reader along for the wild and joyous ride. >>Read More

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Capable Cruiser, 3rd Edition

This revised and expanded third edition of a cruising classic includes 9 completely new chapters with such advice as: sixteen ways to encourage your lover (partner) to share your dream; strategies for turning sudden engine failure into a minor incident; choosing safety equipment; repairing rigging at sea. All of the original chapters have been updated and many are expanded to ensure that the information will be helpful for everyone who dreams of cruising – whether now or soon. >>Read More

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Storm Tactics Handbook, 3rd Edition

“In a storm at sea, luck is highly biased toward the sailor who has a plan.” So write Lin and Larry Pardey in this, the third edition of their highly regarded Storm Tactics Handbook. As in the first two editions of this book, they describe their concerns about the tendency of modern sailors to discard the classic methods used to bring sailing vessels of all sizes –from vast clipper ships to tiny yachts –through amazingly strong winds and heavy seas. >>Read More

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self-sailor

Self Sufficient Sailor

Full of ideas and wisdom on how to sail in comfort and safety without large cash outlays. Every sailor, whether or not they plan to sail over the horizon, should read the Pardeys. This book is what the title says. >>Read More

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details

Details of Classic Boat Construction: The Hull

Updated and expanded to include an important new appendix on the mis-advertising of epoxy adhesives and an introduction to superior, though less expensive glues. This book is used by boatbuilding schools around the world to explain the elements of classic craftsmanship and make these skills accessible to beginning woodworkers.>>Read More

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The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew 4th Edition

Lin Pardey’s ever popular book, The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew has now been updated. The revised 4th edition includes even more tips, resources, recipes and encouragement for sailors of all skills. The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew has become the preferred resource for cruising and racing sailors – whether they’re planning a weekend afloat or a round-the-world voyage. >>Read More

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Cost Conscious Cruiser

The pleasures and adventures of cruising under sail are amazingly affordable, say Lin and Larry Pardey. But to keep your dreams on budget, financially, emotionally, and time wise, you have to decide – are you a cruiser or a consumer? Topics covered include making your getaway plans to finding a truly affordable boat, keeping your outfitting costs and maintenance time in control, then learning to feel confident as you cruise farther ahead.
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Cruising in Seraffyn 25th Anniversary Edition

“Go small, go simple, go now”, say the Pardey’s. This message has inspired three generations of sailors and kept Cruising in Seraffyn consistently near the top of nautical best seller lists for over two decades. This new edition, with its exciting 16 page spread of full-color photos, new forward and two new appendices, will appeal to anyone who has an adventuresome spirit.>>Read More

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Seraffyn’s Oriental Adventure

A tale of adventures, as two young dreamers continue their voyaging on board their self-built 24′ 4″ cutter. They cross the exotic sea that spawned Homer’s tales of Ulysses’ Odyssey, then sail through the strife torn Red Sea and across the typhoon tossed waters of the Bay of Bengal. >>Read More

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Seraffyn’s Mediterranean Adventure

Covers three adventurous years in the Pardey’s circumnavigation  with stops in Spain, North Africa, Crete, Malta, the Adriatic, Turkey and the Greek Isles. >>Read More

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Seraffyn’s European Adventure

Join Lin and Larry while they winter in England working to pay for the next leg of their journey into the Baltic, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany. They dealt with armed guards on the Polish waterfront who watched while the people greeted them with flowers and fruit. They weathered a fierce mast-under broach in a Baltic gale. This story ends at the gateway to the Mediterranean to be continued in Seraffyn’s Mediterranean Adventure. >>Read More

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20 Responses to

  1. Craig D

    Hope to meet you both when you visit Punta Gorda! You guys have been my heros ever since I read Cruising in Seraffyn back in the 70’s

  2. Alan

    Lin,
    I met you at the LA Adventurers’ Club as guest of Ed Boden, and much enjoyed your talk, bought some books, and mentioned a video I’d made of two year’s cruising, including Caribbean, Galapagos, and also a mid-Pacific whale attack, 1963-64. You said you’d wouldn’t mind a copy, which I’ll send to you if you’ll provide an address. Please let me know where to send it.
    Alan Forsythe
    ak4sythe@comcast.net
    253-639-6706

  3. Andrew

    Hi Lin and Larry,

    I’m fairly new to sailing, bought an old 26ft Haida sloop in Seattle a couple of years ago and am preparing to sail her offshore down to San Francisco in August.

    Have bought your Storm Tactics book and the video and have to say read it cover to cover and they’ve given me much more confidence.

    To compliment the para-anchor, I’m about to make a storm trysail. I was wondering if you have any more information on making storm trysails – I will make one similar to Trysail A in your book.

    However, specifically I was wondering how much draft to build in when cutting the cloth ? Maybe none at all ?

    Thanks in advance for any information !

    Best wishes,

    Andrew

  4. Bill

    Hi Lin My wife Marta and I met you and Larry at Myron’s in Sausaulito this year. We both enjoyed Bull Canyon and The new video . Marta was intruiged by the music she is now looking at a acordian to stow on the boat. Any way, We just got a small 5ft. 8in. pram styl dink that fits perfectly on the cabin. Turns out it was made at Arthur marine and likely a Hess design. I am almost certain it is the same as the dink for Serafin. It looks identical other than it has a lee board rather than a center board. The rudder looks the same a for a Sabot. It has a mast step but nothing else. Is ther a chance you have any of the rig and sail plan info or can direct me to a source. Thank you Bill

  5. mickey mitchell

    A QUOTE FROM STERLING HAYDEN’S BOOK, WANDERER

    To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea… “cruising” it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

    “I’ve always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I can’t afford it.” What these men can’t afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of “security.” And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine – and before we know it our lives are gone.

    What does a man need – really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

    The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

    Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?

    Sterling Hayden

  6. j r cobb

    Hi, been a fan since your first book,sadly i loaned it to a person that lost it, but i have the others, had a question that been naggin me, why the flush cockpit on “Taleisin” Thanks J.R.

    • frank_f

      I believe it’s to add headroom below. The aft section is where Larry has his workshop.

      Also, everyone seems to start out in the cockpit but ends up on the coamings. Since Taleisin”s coamings are very wide, they make great seats. No need for a sunken cockpit.

  7. Rpisanojr

    Lynn,
    Last year, I met you at the Annapolis Boat show and you mentioned that the original home movies taken by the Hiscocks were being edited by a fellow and were going to be made available. I have looked on the Sailing Channel website but have not seen them offered. Please send an update if you have one. By the way, Bull Canyon is a masterpiece!
    Best regards,

  8. muleflat

    Larry
    I believe you were part of the French landsailing adventure down the coast of maritania back in the late 60’s , with Don Rapinski and the French and English crew, and I have met a few of these souls in my sailing in Europe, and you are the sole American, who im sure has tales to tell
    We will be holding The landsailing world championship in Nevada next July 12 or so and if you are in the area would love to have you visit.
    Best wishes
    LES

  9. Linda Smith Johnston

    Hi Lin and Larry, it is Linda (as in builder of “Tenacity”). I would love to communicate with you on a more personal level. My email Lsmithjohnston@aol.com
    Fond regards, Linda

  10. sherb2

    hi lin and larry…i’m buckley smith’s girlfriend…sher…he tells me you were on his island, greens island years ago and helped him with some building…we are going to christchurch nz on january 19 and staying on south island, mainly driving up and down the east coast, till feb 6…are you in that area?

    please email us at sherb2@juno.com…i know he would love to hear from you!

    to see some of his recent art go to http://www.buckleysmith.com…we look forward to hearing from you soon!

  11. sherb2

    i hope the previous message went through…this is from buckley smith and sher…we’re going to christchurch nz on january 19 and will be driving up and down the east coast till feb 6…are you still in nz? you visited buck on greens island years ago…we’d love to be in touch…to see what buck has been doing, go to BuckleySmith.com…we look forward to hearing from you and catching up

  12. david22

    Just read the WSJ review of “As long as it’s fun”. I house-sat for an avid sailor back in the ‘80s. It made me an armchair sailor. I was there with Chichester in Gypsy Moth. I devoured your books and particularly remembered “Self Sufficient Sailor. Thanks for sharing wonderful experiences. We merely managed to sail a Hobie in the Persian Gulf. Great memories.

  13. Christian

    Dear Lin and Larry,

    I was quite overcome when I heard that Taleisin is for sale. I hope for the very best for you and can’t express enough how inspiring you have been for me and Rachel since we bought Jenna 30 years ago after reading about Seraphyn.

    Warmest regards,

    Christian (Oyster Cove Tasmania)

  14. aokeeffe

    Loved your rendering of “I love to sit around the Yacht Club bar” on Storm Tactics. Where can I find words and music. Is there any recording of the song? Austin.

  15. brrrknee

    In classic boat construction, had there been any since-published discoveries that you’d adjust in building Taleisin? I’ve been through it 3 times, very enjoyable read. Would really help if pictures were in color, perhap they could be made available via this website, if they were in cilor originally.

  16. brrrknee

    that’d be ‘color’ ! :)

  17. Maria

    Hi Lin & Larry,
    By chance while you are here in Washington in Port Townsend would have time to come to Olympia? We would LOVE for you to see our Bristol Channel Cutter, Cosmic Dancer! We are on year 6 of refitting her and hope to launch next spring. Please let me know as we would be honored for you to see her!
    Thx again for all of your wonderful stories, news and tips!

    Maria Chiechi
    SV Cosmic Dancer

  18. ladysailor

    We listened to “As Long as It’s Fun” as an audio book on a weekend trip (in the car) to Key West. Very engaging and inspiring. We are looking for a boat, getting fit and learning about navigation. I started sailing in 2007 and have only raced and day sailed. I have spent only one night on a boat at the docks. Can’t wait to begin our journey. Thank you for sharing your life and adventures.

    Gayle

  19. winefood

    Hi Lynn and Larry,
    We love all your books and you have been an inspiration to us since 1996.
    My wife and I are doing and extensive refit to Wild Spirit (yes, thats Pete’s old boat you mention in your books) and have been searching for a heater that will keep us warm while here in Northern California and later in New Zealand. In Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew you mentioned the type of heater you have on Taleisin. It sounds ideal because it works while the boat is healing. Could you please give some more information about it and the what you mean by a “smoke head”?

    Thank-you so much,
    Larry and Renee in San Francisco Bay Area

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