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Celebrated bluewater sailor and author Larry Pardey died in July 2020. He was 81. A lovely man, a great raconteur,a fine Sailor and a Master Boatbuilder.
SELF SUFFICIENT SAILOR Completely Revised and Expanded Edition
By Lin and Larry Pardey. Hardback, 0.65 kgs, 155mm x 235mm, 328 pages. black and white photographs, Third Edition Published 2019.
This book (Third Edition) is a distillation of what Lin and Larry learned over more than 47 years of sailing. Together they have covered over 200,0000 miles on board their two cutters Serrafyn and Taleisin, and on scores of other boats they either deliverd or raced.
Lin and Larry tell how they have sailed in comfort and safety without the benefit of a large cash outlay. (Pay as you go, earn as you go!)
They share stories of the people they have met along the way, and the experiences that shaped their lives.
The first two editions of this book have helped thousands of people who dreamed of setting sail, whether planning a weekend voyage or a circumnavigation. In this third Edition, Lin continues to share knowledge gained in recent years- she takes us to new places, shares new experiences and notes new equipment. And she does it with the same gentle spirit and enthusiasm for travel under sail.. Armed with what she is learning as she explores the far corners of the Tasman Sea, she has extensively updated and revised the information from the original edition and added several new chapters. Balanced by chapters written by Larry nearly forty years ago, this edition also features and includes Lin's discussion of the lessons learned as she and Larry negotiated the stormy waters around Cape Horn.
Whether you are setting off to explore your own coast, or planning a trip across the Pacific, this book could be the catalyst you need to cut ties binding you to shore.
NZ$55.00 + delivery.
SAILING TOWARDS THE SOUTHERN CROSS
By Lin & Larry Pardey. Paperback, 0.50 kgs, 152mm x 230mm, 190 pages. Colour photographs, published 2016.
Including stories from paradise and hard-won lessons in seamanship, Taleisinís Tales reflects back to the first miles Lin and Larry Pardey gained together on their second boat Ė one they built lovingly with teak carvel planking over sawn black locust frames. The book begins with the boat launch and the transition from their cherished Seraffyn, and includes details from outfitting, provisioning and final detailing during the early months Lin and Larry spent getting to know their new bluewater cruiser, as well as moments of melancholy as they let go of attachments to their first trusty boat that took them around the world.
The story takes the reader through those initial cautious 1000 coastal miles between California and the Sea of Cortez, discussing everything from sail handling to dinghy racing to the relative luxuries of bicycles and a custom-built sitztub. It reveals surprising and pleasant engagements with other sailors and locals along the Baja peninsula. Then it launches the reader across the Pacific, sailing with the Pardeys on Taleisinís first offshore leg to French Polynesia, through the Cook Islands and Tonga, then on to New Zealand, where they eventually made their new home.
In the style readers have come to know through the Pardeysí ever popular Cruising in Seraffyn series and Linís award winning Bull Canyon, this book relates stories sometimes harrowing, sometimes cautionary, sometimes hilarious Ė and often heart-warming, especially when it comes to encounters with the people of the South Pacific who become family. If there is a lesson to be gained from reading Taleisinís Tales, itís that slowing the pace and taking each day as it comes brings unexpected moments of clarity and joy. And that sailing across an ocean on a small boat is not easy but, with the right partner and attitude, can be beautifully rewarding.
NZ$35.00 + delivery.
AS LONG AS IT'S FUN The epic voyages and extraordinary times of Lin and Larry Pardey
By Herb McCormick. Paperback, 0.39 kgs, 152mm x 230mm, 280 pages. black and white photographs, published 2014.
After 200,000 miles of cruising under sail, Lin and Larry Pardey have demonstrated that the dream of voyaging over the horizon not only is attainable, it's also affordable. The Pardey's message has proved irresistible to tens of thousanads of sailors, and with their rare ability to share what they have learned Lin and Larry have become "cruising royalty". All offshore cruisers seem to know who Lin and Larry are and what they represent.
Or do they?
Through interviews with families, friends and critics, Herb McCormick delves into the couple's often-controversial opinions, sometimes-tenuous marriage, and amazing accomplishments. As long as it's Fun is as much a love story as it is a sea yarn, making it not only a sailing saga but also a very human one.
NZ$35.00 + delivery.
CAPABLE CRUISER. Fully revised third edition
By Lin and Larry Pardey, Paperback,153mm x 229mm, 392 pages, black & white photographs and drawings.
This third edition of a cruising classic includes nine new chapters with such advice as: sixteen ways to encourage your lover to share your dream; strategies for turning sudden engine failure into a minor incident; choosing safety equipment; repairing rigging at sea. 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.
Capable cruiser is a logical extension of the Pardeys' The Self-Sufficient Sailor, with more emphasis on semanship underway, including careful analysis of extreme anchoring situations and solutions for mitigating them. Underlying each and every chapter is the warmth and encouragement that spurred Herb McCormick, editor-at-large for Cruising World, to label Lin and Larry Pardey "the enablers".
NZ$55.00 + delivery.
CRUISING HAS NO LIMITS - DVD.
By Lin and Larry Pardey, DVD, running time 74 minutes.
Skimming before caressing tradewinds, savoring tropical landfalls, evading stormy seas - such is the image of the cruising life under sail. It is al 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. Sail with them across the Indian ocean on board 29-foot, 9 inch Taleisin.
Learn how they planned and executed a sevenmonth "Champagne Safari on a Beer Budget", outfitting a 4x4 to reach remote corners of southern Africa. Share their memories of campfire evenings with Kalahari Bushmen, life in a sculptor's commune in Zimbabwe's Northern reaches, and days of animal-watching at waterholes far from game reserves. Then voyage onward with them to Brazil, and see how two 14-year old passengers led them into a unique island encounter with nine Brazilian families who dreamed of their own offshore adventures. Finally, sail north through the Atlantic to Ireland's music-filled shores and a summer of history, classic sailing, and friendship.
Along the way, you'll learn some of the truisms that could help you get out adventuring sooner and more enjoyably - whether on the water or on land. You'll also come to know more about this longtime cruising couple who have been dubbed the "enablers" because of ther enthusiasm and willingness to share their secrets for exploring the far corners of the world on a limited budget.
Was NZ$33.00 + delivery.
Now NZ$15.00 + delivery.
CARE AND FEEDING OF SAILING CREW, 4TH EDITION.
By Lin and Larry Pardey, Paperback, 152m x 230mm, 414 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
This book has become the preferred recource for cruising and racing sailors - whether they're planning a weekend afloat or a round-the-world voyage. This unique volume covers everything from outfitting a galley to organizing meals safely in rough water; from controlling seasickness to creating the right conditions that ensure your crew stays well-rested alert.
In this revised Fourth Edition, Lin Pardey has incorporated new information on nutrition, on waste disposal, and on current methods for handling finances, officialdom, and the paperwork involved in sailing to new countries. New and expanded sections cover entertaining on board, feeding vegetarian crew, choosing clothing for sailing offshore, and incorporating modern technology in the galley. With more tips, more resources, more recipes and even more encouragement, this updated must-have resource is an important addition to any galley. Her unique guides to reprovisioning as you voyage and buying wines and liquors around the world have been expanded to include many off-the-beaten track destinations now attracting intrepid voyagers.
Was NZ$45.00 + delivery.
CRUISING IN SERAFFYN, 25th Anniversary Edition.
By Lin and Larry Pardey, Hbk, 155mm x 235mm, 208 pages, full colour and monochrome photographs.
This is the story of the building of the wooden 24 foot (6.6 metre), engineless cutter Seraffyn and her subsequent cruise through Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and the Islands of the Atlantic Ocean. This book marks the 25th anniversary of their cruising activities and writings for the two well known author-cruiser-liveaboards. This title differs from the previous edition in that it has many full colour photographs, and also several new sections in the narrative.
For more than 30 years the Pardeys have embodied ultra-competence and self-sufficiency, all the while sharing with others through their books the freedom of their style of life. This book is both a convincing introduction to cruising and also a fascinating autobiography of a cruising couple and the boat of their dreams. The authors set out unassailable arguments to get the reader chasing dreams sooner than expected - whether it be exploring the world under sail or adventuring towards any new goal.
NZ$45.00 + delivery.
COST CONSCIOUS CRUISER, Champagne Cruising on a Beer Budget.
By Lin and Larry Pardey, Hbk, 150mm x 220mm, 359 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
This book is an experienced-based project guide for planning and beginning a cruise under sail. It covers making getaway plans, finding a truly affordable boat, keeping outfitting costs and maintenance time under control, and developing confidence with cruising further afield.
The comparisons of gear are based on the need for frugality as well as the practical aspects of fitness for duty and sensible servicing regimes.
The book answers ten most frequently asked questions by potential cruisers preparing to explore under sail.
NZ$45.00 + delivery.
STORM TACTICS HANDBOOK. THIRD EDITION.
By Lin and Larry Pardey, Pbk, 154mm x 228mm, 256 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
Since writing the previous edition of Storm Tactics Handbook, Lin and Larry have voyaged through Scotland's Outer Hebrides, to the Norwegian Fjords, twice across the Atlantic, south to Argentina, around Cape Horn against the prevailing winds, and then on a circuit of the North Pacific. With insights gained from these recent voyages, they have fully revised and expanded this text by more than 40 percent, including nine completely new chapters. New material includes:
Lessons from Cape Horn
An interview with the late Sir Peter Blake, discussing storm survival and heaving to
Heaving-to with a Galerider on 55-foot Morgan's Cloud
Adding rudder protection stops
Discussions on avoiding chafe, building and using storm staysails, choosing storm gear, deploying para-anchors, avoiding the worst areas of cyclonic storms, and many more have been expanded to answer questions posed by readers and seminar attendees.
NZ$45.00 + delivery.
STORM TACTICS DVD, Cape Horn Tested!
By Lin and Larry Pardey. Running time approximately 84 minutes.
This is a must-see DVD for both current and future cruising sailors.
The material serves two purposes - one by design and the other by implication. The designed purpose of Lin and Larry's DVD is to help yachtsmen to manage with expectation and confidence the process of handling heavy weather in a keelboat. It does this clearly and well, without overwhelming the viewer yet covering a considerable amount of technical detail. In summary the authors obviously prefer heaving-to in preference to options such as running under bare poles and lying hove-to - perhaps bow on to a sea anchor. Heaving-to is explained and demonstrated in detail, and the advantages illustrated by personal anecdote from this couple's copious personal experience, and also that of other sailors.
Also illustrated well is preparing for, rigging and lying to a parachute sea anchor, and many other aspects of managing bad weather. This includes dealing with the comfort and feeding of crew and treating their apprehension in strong winds and large waves. An interesting point made by the authors (and in line with my own experience in "big ships") is that winds of 20 knots and more make up a small percentage of a passage at sea.
The implied purpose of the DVD lies in the dynamics of the duo-partnership - Lin and Larry. In our experience the primary concern of those planning to cruise (often covert and usually the ladies) is the effect of the environment on the relationship with the partner. The worry is not so much heavy weather but general coping skills that will make the relationship difficult in a completely closed environment. The evident personal interaction between Lin and Larry in producing this DVD is one of normal mateship rather than distant stardom and my own feeling is that this is at least as much of a gift of knowledge and skill as the focus on storm seamanship. Would-be blue water cruisers are well advised to watch the DVD to see companionship in action.
Was NZ$40.00 + delivery.
Now NZ$25.00 + delivery.
SERAFFYNS MEDITERRANEAN ADVENTURE. 30th Anniversary edition.
By Lin and Larry Pardey, Pbk, 150mm x 230mm, 256 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
Join Lin and Larry Pardey onboard their cruising cutter Seraffyn as they explore the history-laden waters of the Mediterranean Sea. For three years they meandered under sail eastwards from the rocky monolith of Gibraltar to the imposing stone ramparts of Malta. They share stories here of the kaleidoscope of peple who filled their days along the way, from the british military officers who joined them for day races to the officials who turned them into smugglers (not of drugs but a boat full of yeast, flour, vegetables, propane - and eventually twenty dollars worth of noodles!).
Lin's warmhearted storytelling will draw you into their cruising life and reveal the secrets that kept this well-known couple wandering the watery reaches of the world for more than forty years. Lin and Larry paid for their apparent freedom by working along the way - delivering and repairing yachts, and writing for magazines around the world. Their motto - Go Small, Go Simple, Go Now - has inspired thousands of potential voyagers to stop dreaming and set out to sea.
NZ$40.00 + delivery.
SERAFFYNS EUROPEAN ADVENTURE.
By Lin and Larry Pardey, Pbk, 150mm x 230mm, 320 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
After crossing the Atlatic - described by the authors as "slaying the dragon" - they arrived on the south-west coast of England, where they coasted eastwards, stopping where the fancy held them and where good friends were made. They wintered at Poole, in Dorset about half way along the south coast, to work to pay for the next leg of the trip - the Baltic in the spring.
They visited Denmark, Sweden, Finland and dealt with armed guards on the Polish waterfront who watched while people greeted them with flowers, fruits and sweets. They weathered a fierce mast-under broach in a Baltic gale on their way to Cuxhaven in Germany, and then back for another winter in England.
From there they set out for the Mediterranean - and the adventures described in their books reviewed above!
NZ$40.00 + delivery.
SERAFFYN'S ORIENTAL ADVENTURE.
By Lin and Larry Pardey. Pbk, 155mm x 230mm, 252 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
This is the last and possibly the best in the series of three voyage adventures in the authors' yacht Seraffyn. It is jam-packed with high adventure and also good information on seamanship, planning, companionship and sensitivities to people.
The book describes intimate details of life on a small boat, along with the interesting people the Pardey's meet in each port. The underlying theme of this Oriental Adventure is the demands of passagemaking as the vessel sails up through the China Seas and across the north Pacific.
NZ$40.00 + delivery.
CRUISING WITH LIN & LARRY PARDEY.