Cruising in Seraffyn

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Lin and Larry Pardey, 2001 - Antiques & Collectibles - 224 pages
A fun and exciting guide to the world of living out at sea. This book will teach you what you need to know inorder to live safely, economically and cheaply when spending moths at sea. If nothing else, this book will send you chasing for your dreams, whether it be to take an adventure at sea or just about anyhting else. This is the first of a four-book series which begins on the journey that Lin and Larry Pardey began 34 years ago in their self-built 24-foot engineless cutter, Seraffyn. In this journey, we explore places such as Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and the Islands of the Atlantic ocean. Throughout the book, we learn about people and customs, we learn about the tricks of boating, we learn about surviaval. This 25th anniversary edition includes a new forward, new appendixes, and a color photo album showing Lin, Larry and the Serraffyn during those months at sea.

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This is easily one of my favorite travel memoirs. Lin has a great sense of words and expresses both the excitement and hardship of cruising. I know I will read this again and again. Read full review


Preface to the Twenty FifthAnniversary Edition
Anyone Can Go Cruising
Seraffyn of Victoria
Heading South
Across the Spanish Main
The Gulf Stream Our Adversaryand Our Ally
Earning Freedom Chips

The Sea of Cortez Under Sail
More Sailing in the Sea of Cortez
Of Ships and Storms
Central America Gulfsand Currents
Panama and the Canal
Wind and Worms
The Long Leg
Horta or Peters Bluewater SailorsReception Center
The Other Side
APPENDIX IAffordable Attainable Dreams
APPENDIX IIA Close Look at Seraffyn

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Lin, with her husband Larry is world renowned for her sailing exploits. Author of eleven best selling books on sailing and seamanship, several hundred articles which have been translated into five different languages, she has been keynote speaker in at the Pacific Northwest center of the Sea, the University of Houston Woman's Forum and Egyptian commission on future tourism.Her previous book, Bull Canyon, a memoir published in 2013 received three literary awards

Larry Pardey spent his teenage years rebuilding several boats ranging from eight to twenty feet in length. As he sold each one, he used his "sweat equity" profits to finance his next project. His largest from-the-keel-up projects have been the two boats he built with his wife Lin:nbsp;Seraffynnbsp;the five-ton cutter which took them on an eleven-year, east-about circumnavigation, andnbsp;Taleisinnbsp;the boat shown in this book, which took them west-about over the past 30 years. As they cruised, Larry put his skills to work earning the majority of his income by repairing and restoring classic boats in fifteen different countries, including two that he and Lin then raced successfully in New Zealand. Many of the ideas he shares in this book where learned from builders he met in the course of his travels. As Peter Milne, editor ofnbsp;Classic Boatnbsp;magazine commented, "Larry's prime interest might be the building of wooden craft, but he is one of those rare creatures, a builder who has covered a tremendous number of sea miles - more than 200,000- in yachts of his own building as well as other people's. This has given Larry firsthand information about which boat-building techniques work, which don't, out there in the big test-tank, the ocean. With his well-rounded background, Larry has developed a reputation as one of the master craftsmen of the wooden boatbuilding world." For over 45 years, Lin has worked alongside Larry, doing his purchasing and finish work. She has written extensively about their voyages and worked as researcher and editor on this book. Together Lin and Larry have written ten other books and produced five videos on various sailing subjects. They are currently residing at their homebase in New Zealand where they have a small boat repair facility.

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