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Summer Newsletter

Dear Friends A few weeks ago I flew to Rarotonga for a wedding that didn’t happen (run-away bride, but that’s another story.) Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands, is right along the so called “Milk Run”. But on the chart and from the description in the Sailing Directions, the only possible anchorage didn’t appear

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Kawau Island Story (VIDEO)

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Latest Cruising Tip

An Affordable Fitting so you can Adding a Removable Staysail Stay

There are many reasons to have a staysail stay or babystay, even if your boat is not cutter rigged, even if you don’t need the extra sail power of a staysail. As winds get heavier, a babystay will help ensure your mast stays straight.  If your roller furling set up fails, it gives you a stay on which to set a hanked on sail, it will let you set a storm sail inboard where it can be more effective, and if your boat does not heave to with just a heavily reefed mainsail or trysail, the storm sail can be backed to help achieve the balance you need to keep your boat laying properly.

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Taleisin’s Tales: Sailing toward the Southern Cross

220 pages, 6 x 9, Paperback, More than 40 full color illustrations and map

Including stories from paradise and hard-won lessons in seamanship, Taleisin’s Tales reflects back to the first miles Lin and Larry Pardey gained together on their second boat – one they built lovingly with teak carved planking over sawn black locust frames. …Read more

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Voyaging with Kids: A Guide to Family Life Afloat

Choosing a boat that is right for your family; handling the naysayers; keeping your children safe, healthy and entertained afloat—this inspirational and comprehensive guide may be just what you need to turn your dream into a reality..…Read more

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Details of Classic Boat Construction: The Hull, 25th Anniversary Edition

This impressive book shows the process of constructing a boat hull with extensive photographs and drawings and includes ample time-saving procedures. Larry Pardey is accepted as one of the master craftsman of the wooden-boat building world. He and his wife, Lin, have built two, strong, handsome boats an sailed twice around the world in them. .…Read more

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Ebook available now
Hardcover due early June 2016

Read more details about the new edition plus see photos and more here

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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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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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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. …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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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

Currently only available as an eBook. New edition coming in 2017


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As Long as It’s Fun: The Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey

In As Long as It’s Fun, the biography of Lin and Larry Pardey, Herb McCormick recounts their remarkable sailing career—from their early days in Southern California to their two circumnavigations to their current life in a quiet cove in New Zealand.

Through interviews with their families, friends, and critics, McCormick delves deeply into the couple’s often-controversial opinions, sometimes-tenuous marriage, and amazing list of accomplishments. As Long as It’s Fun is as much a love story as it is a sea yarn, and, like all such stories, it’s not without complications . . . which makes it not only a sailing tale but also a human one. …Read more

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Pardey 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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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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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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Blown Away by Herb Payson

At Middle age, Herb and Nancy Payson decided they needed a change, why not give up life on shore, quit their in jobs in the smoky nightclubs of Los Angeles and take up the cruising life. In Sea Foam, their 36-foot ketch, the Payson s and their large brood of teenage children cruised the Pacific for six and a half years. …Read more

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43 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

    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

  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,


  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


    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

    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

    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

  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
    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…i know he would love to hear from you!

    to see some of his recent art go to…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…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.


  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


    Hello all– I just signed up!

    A friend here in Seward, AK climbs his mast with a system designed by Lin and Larry.

    It is a bosons chair with lots of pulleys and 200 feet of line.

    He (effortlessly) pulls himself up his mast.

    Please— does anyone have Lin and Larry’s design?

    Thanks a lot—- Rick

  21. ttcondo

    I have all that is listed with and a few printed books. Its easier for me to use the audiobooks while driving, lol

  22. yachter6

    Hi Lin and Larry … have tried numerous times to connect with you on this computer thing but find I can operate on a sailboat much better. Many years ago (1979?) at your seminar in Boston I left you my card and offered to furnish bronze castings for your new sailboat you were building. Fortunately you accepted my offer and I cast all your ports, boom gallows and chain plate castings at my foundry. We visited you in Bull Canyon some years later and surveyed your handiwork and followed your cruising activities thereafter … all the time watching for “our castings” I sold the foundry in ’83 and with my new bride, boarded our 36′ sloop in Boston and sailed to Fl. (took 5 mths) ….left Miami in Feb. ’84 and didn’t return to the States till Feb. ’87. Am 91 now and lost My Barbara 7 yrs. ago just short of our 25th aniv.. Terrific first mate!!! Thanks for lugging our castings around the world … sorta felt like a part of me went along with you!! Thanks again! Evan PS :

  23. blackseal

    Hello Lin and Larry,

    Greetings from an old friend! Just finished reading “As long as it’s fun” it was well done! Imagine my surprise when I was at the sailmakers in the spring picking up sails and canvas when everyone in the loft was discussing a famous wooden cutter they were doing canvas work for. As I listened I realized that it was Seraffyn, they were talking about. I took my daughter and wife down to the boatyard to see the proud cutter I have so long admired all these years. She is in good care and it brought back to life the images your books created for me as a teenager marveling over your adventures. Now only a few days ago I walked down the street about 500 yards to admire her sitting under the boatyard tent getting ready for her winter care. I hope all is well with you both!
    Your friend,
    Dennis Walsh

  24. mvtime2

    Hi – Just been trying to read your site on my iPhone … sadly the beautiful ocean background makes it impossible to read on the phone. For some reason the layout is different to on the desktop. May be worth checking out. regards Lynn

    • Robert

      Thanks for the comment on this. I have just looked at the site on my android phone and it looks exactly the same as on the desktop. Maybe an iphone thing? I’m not sure, but there is nothing implemented here to change the layout for mobile devices. It should look identical to the desktop layout.


  25. navigator902

    Wow, its been about thirty five years since my Dock Master position, at Balboa Yacht Club… 1978 I believe when I met Lin and Larry on the main dock BYC, Newport Harbor, California… Lin and Larry let me sail “Sarafin”, the most wonderful experience on a sailboat I ever had… Since then … I worked my way up the ranks to Captain U.S.C.G. . It is so good to see your most recent pictures cause now I can see we all age…Its a good thing, and you both appear to have aged well….

    I just wanted to say thank you… Capt Cass.

  26. tantrum1

    Hi Lyn and Larry
    I am from Fremantle sailing Club and our archive people have found an old pic that I am sure is Taleisin. Is there a way I can send you the pic to confirm this and if you can tell us about the pic.
    Kind regards
    Terry Day
    Cruising Captain

  27. Pedro

    Hi Lin and Lary,

    I came across your videos on the vimeo and could not resist, I had to buy all. During last week I watched a video every night. After watching the videos was difficult to resist drop moorings and sail away.
    Now I can not wait to read your books. Which book you advise me to start?
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your experience.

    Best Regards,


  28. BaronBlue

    Hi – I’m a long-time reader of your books. I think I own pretty much all of them And I just finished watching your 2 DVD set of “Get Ready to Cruise/Cross Oceans” and then “Storm Tactics”, all of which I bought myself. Thanks for imparting all your hard-earned wisdom to the rest of us over the years. At our annual summer sailing rally we always have a sing-along of sailing songs. I love “The Yacht Club Bar” by Glenn Marsden that you featured on “Storm Tactics”. I found the lyrics on-line, but is the sheet music available, or at least guitar chords that I can give to the more musically inclined in our group to play? Any help you can give me would be much appreciated. Thanks & Fair Winds!

  29. navigator902

    Reading “Everything I need to Know I learned on a Sailboat” Framed it all for me, I’m an old Dock Master from BYC, who had the opportunity of a life time sailing the Harbor at Newport on Seraffyn .a focal point in a time career. Thanks L and L…

  30. S/V Rovinkind II

    Hello Lin and Larry,
    I know we are just two of the many people you have inspired over the years. We purchased your videos a few years ago and made a 3 year plan to live our dreams. We are just returning from a year long trip, with the hope we can be back out exploring full time in two years. Thank you for the courage to dream big. My new coffee mug reads “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”.
    All the best, Fred

  31. Jacques

    Hi Lin & Larry
    Wasn’t sure how to contact you so hope this reaches you.
    My wife and I are planning on getting a boat and living on it, as well as cruising to different ports in Africa. We plan to mostly be on the Mozambique waters. I’d like to know which of your books would be best for what we are intending. We are total beginners so we would need info on all matters of living aboard as well as cruising.
    Thank you kindly

  32. alberto.fioretti

    in my humble and limited experience I have always run away from wind and waves whenever conditions got really rough and that approach has served me well so far. However, inspired by your book “Storm Tactics” which I have found extremely interesting and convincing, I have set about to try and experiment on how I could weather out a storm with my boat by heaving-to, a technique which I rarely have used even in moderate conditions.
    On page 222 you write:
    “If the emergency tiller can be attached easily, it can work to save wear and tear on your whole sterring system…..”
    Unfortunately in my boat, a Hallberg-Rassy 36, the emergency tiller has to be mounted inside the stern cabin which is not equipped with any sturdy fastening points. While in the future I might consider how to mount fastening points inside the cabin without damaging the nice teak work, for the time being I have taken a different course of action to protect, as you suggest, the steering system.
    As my autopilot has a linear ram connected directly to the steering quadrant I have modified the autopilot. With the autopilot in the stand-by mode I am now able to set the wheel to the desired position (to heave-to) and, by flipping a switch I can disconnect the course computer from the drive unit and lock the clutch of the autopilot, thereby locking the rudder into position.
    Discussing my modification with my sailing friends I received all sorts of comments, from “a sound steering system should be able to stand the stresses involved in heaving to” to “the wires and linkages of the steering system and of course the line used for lashing the wheel introduce the necessary flexibility to withstand and absorb stresses while locking the clutch is a rigid and unyielding solution which could result in damage to the drive unit or even worse to the quadrant”
    May I kindly ask your opinion ?
    Thanks a lot in advance.

  33. Pondering

    Hi Lyn, William here. we meet one time when my wife and I sailed our Gaff ketch into North cove. I need to ask about a ball park figure of getting just a skipper to deliver my ketch to Sydney as I haven’t the skills yet of offshore sailing. Just after a basic idea really. I would crew etc.
    Thanks Lyn.


  34. nevisdog

    Hi, my wife and I are reading ‘Storm Tactics’ as part of our preparations for next year’s planned yacht purchase and are thoroughly convinced of the correctness of your advice (much to my surprise, having previously read Adlard Coles, Moitessier, Smeeton, ‘Fastnet Force 10’, etc.). Practicing heaving-to in strong winds is now firmly on our priority list. Yet none of the earlier books I read pointed me in this direction. In particular, the ’79 Fastnet Race report did not highlight any single storm tactic as being preferable and, if anything, it promoted the more active options (running off, with or without towing warps) as being more successful in the extreme conditions – see s.48. In particular it records, ClassV: “two bad knockdowns while hove-to…”

    Now this does not align with your book, where (from memory) I think you state “no knockdowns or serious damage occurred to boats that were hove-to”. Do you have some inside information that leads you to dispute the race enquiry findings?

    Rousemaniere’s book on the subject only confuses the issue by mentioning one yacht that was rolled while “hove-to under storm jib”?? (I can’t find the page right now, so may be misquoting). Could it be the definition of “hove-to” that is causing this discrepancy between your findings and the race enquiry report?

    • Lin & Larry

      When we went over the raw date from the Fastnet race and read the total script of the inquiry we were surprised to find that of the 230 boats that reported still being at sea during the worst of the event, 28 reported they lay hove to, most of the others either ran off or lay ahull. Of the 28 laying hove to only one reported suffering any damage. Over 130 of the others suffered damage or were abandoned by crew. But the report then went on to say, “As laying hove to was the least favored option, we have not included this in our report.” The one vessel which stated they suffered two knock downs while hove to, did not describe what sail they were carrying.

  35. nevisdog

    Yes, I can see some shortcomings in that report – 11% of yachts heaving to is not an insignificant number and becomes more significant if those two reported knockdowns were suffered by only one yacht.

    But, should you amend your book? It troubles me that others may state you are wrong. Better to say, “Of 26 yachts that hove to, only one yacht reported suffering two knockdowns. She suffered two more knockdowns when running off at speed and reported, ‘the best tactic appeared to be to keep sailing to windward.’ ” Or at least that’s my reading of the Fastnet report, s.4.9 and table 4.8. It is Rousemaniere who states (p.118) ‘the 33′ Veronier II rolled while hove-to under storm jib,’ resulting in the loss of one man overboard.


    Hi Lin.
    Just a quick note to let you know I appreciate your efforts.
    You, Larry and Fatty feature heavily in my learning and planning.
    If I ever get my boat launched I’ll tell you my story but for now I hope to sail over to say hello one day.

    Yours with respect and admiration,
    Bruce Abrahams

  37. clhenderson

    Just wanted to say that I purchased several of your videos a few years ago and they were so informative. Also, I really enjoy reading your newsletter. I have two boys and one just learned to sail at scout camp this summer. We are trying to save and raise money to buy a used Cape Dory, or similar boat. If you don’t mind sharing our funding page around, it would be greatly appreciated. The link is Thanks for sharing your adventures and wonderful stories!

  38. cm1990

    Dear Lin and Larry,

    I’m 25, love your stories and the beauty of the stories that you tell. I go to sea for a living on merchant vessels, and am in the final stages (hopefully!) of purchasing my own boat. I wanted to ask what you think about the future of sailing/cruising as it relates to people more in my age group? From where I am, its just kind of assumed that having a boat and doing waterborne activities is generally too expensive and out of the average person’s reach. I don’t think this is true, and try to spread my opnion when respectfully possible. I think it may be a slow process to hopefully bring people back to the realization that the ocean is a place of opportunity, recreation and maybe even wealth, but may require a similar paradigm shift in thought, although opposite, that occured when lobster became a rich man’s food rather than a slave’s food. I was wondering what you think about younger generations getting involved in cruising, how to sustain the interest, but also stoke it, and make it an accessible and meaningful way for a person to live? Thank you for your time,
    Chris Meoli

  39. glenn

    Having just finished Taleisins’s Tales, which my brother bought from you for me yesterday in Port Townsend, I’ll say, write more of them. I own all your previous cruising books, and will happily buy more!

  40. espiral

    I have read many of your books many years ago, preparing to live aboard. They were inspiring and I expect to reread them– as soon as sailing seems imminent again.
    I don’t have a comment on a recent newsletter; I have a question.
    We had planned to live aboard and cruise after I had a serious accident and gave up on ‘being respectable’ and wanted to just live and travel. Ian, my partner, had thought we should get an old fiberglass boat as they were extremely strong and affordable. This despite the fact that he had a subscription to wooden boat for 30 years. Of course he fell in love with a wooden boat… and it ended up being given to us after the surveyor found many more problems than the owner anticipated, and the owner felt the boat would rot unless someone with Ian’s skills and interest took it on. (The boat was still being sailed but it needed to be refastened, many of the frames needed to be changed or sistered, the keel bolts needed to be replaced, there was rot…) Fifteen years later, the boat is still being worked on; it is now whole- and quite beautiful, but Ian works on it alone (he has done a beautiful job) and I work to support the project.
    I am writing because we have saved a small amount of money that I would like to use towards getting the boat in the water. We now live in Savannah GA and there are, to our knowledge, no wooden boat builders here. I wonder if you know anyone who might work in this area or who travels around fixing boats… The main thing is we want someone whose work we trust. (We have an airstream that someone could possibly stay in, if they want, to lower living costs…)
    I would love to send you photos of this now whole boat, but don’t see how to do that. I want to add that Ian, being an architect who has long had an interest in sustainability, has converted the boat to a ‘green’ boat. He took out the Mercedes engine and replaced it with an electric motor and batteries…
    I am writing, desperate to finally sail- and to live the way we have wanted to live.
    Just asking if you have any suggestions.
    Thank you for all your books with their very practical advice– and your example of a cruising couple!

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