The Care and Feed of Sailing Crew, Lin Pardey
with Larry Pardey, 3rd Edition, Paradise Cay Publications,
May 2006, 416 pages, paperback $24.95
Since previous editions of Lin's book
have been around for years, many cruisers will be familiar
with the editorial format. A 50 day passage from Japan
to Victoria, Canada in 1979 provided Lin a base for
discussing everything from menus to clothing, to choosing
a fresh chicken, to dealing with port officials, to
preventing sea sickness, to buying liquor abroad as
well as the best material for underwear. The book, despite
the title, is hardly a cookbook; rather it's a primer
on successful cruising. Certainly, anyone contemplating,
or preparing for, off shore passages would want to read
and then keep this volume aboard.
Lin and Larry have been full time cruisers
and professional sailors for some 40 plus years, it's
all that they do. They've learned a lot and a great
deal of their wisdom appears in this book, where specific
situations mix with general guidelines. As a bonus,
Lin writes very well. She's able to seamlessly tie one
subject to the next in a style that seems like great
conversation rather than reading a how-to-do-it text.
By structuring the flow of information in and around
the process of food preparation while experiencing the
joys and travails of a very long passage, she provides
the reader with a good cruising tale enhanced with a
thousand useful tips. It's a very clever trick!
This edition of The Care and Feed of Sailing
Crew offers expanded chapters of previous material,
as well as discussion of new technology and gear. Tips
vary from entertaining aboard to coping with money transfers.
There are great tips on provisioning in foreign ports
as well as a strong suggestion to only go a short distance
before anchoring following a farewell party.
Here are a few of the other tips: Fill
your boat to the brim and re-supply every chance you
get. Credit cards are safer to use than debit cards.
Eggs can be kept up to 3 months without refrigeration.
How you can determine which engine parts are likely
to fail. Learn which plastic material makes the best
water jugs. How Lin outsmarted weevils and learned to
bake fresh bread. Find out which galley layout works
best offshore. Rain water catchers - how to make the
best kind. On board trash collection and dealing with
"black water" in boats lacking holding tanks.
Which cutlery and dinnerware holds up best. Standing
watches, getting rest and using Dramamine as a sleeping
aid. Really, the book covers everything from the value
of "a little black cocktail party dress" to
the safety of double sinks.
Finally, intertwined in the cornucopia of wisdom is
meal after nourishing meal sure to lift the spirits
of a weary crew. Those recipes and cooking tips alone
make for a book of great value. All the other info is
just priceless gravy.
Stories written by Steve have appeared in Wooden
Boat, Classic Boat, Northwest Yachting and International
Yachtsman as well as 48º North. He races his Moore
24 throughout the Puget Sound and has cruised northwest
waters when he owned a boat he could sit in rather than
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