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January 2001
Photo Seraffyn and Taleisin are laying alongside at a small marina on the Rappahonack river. We felt like we were on a trip down memory lane when we went on board for meals.


Dear Friends:

After the regattas and boat shows of the summer, both of us were ready to stop being on the move for a while so we sailed back to the boat yard on the Yeocomico during some of the most beautiful days of autumn. Larry was hired to repair damage on the aft port area of Seraffyn. She had obviously been in a small collision at some time, no one sealed the deck to transom joint and water seeped in. So for two weeks Larry did what he called "warrantee work." He says it was one of the trickiest repair jobs he has ever done, trying to remove only that wood that was necessary, yet rebuild the damaged area so it was "as new." As the photo shows, he had to fit new pieces into the transom frame - rather like a jigsaw puzzle. Wayne, Seraffyn's current owner, worked as apprentice during the job and came over to say, "you and Larry have been working together too long." I asked "Why do you say that?" Wayne answered, "I was holding onto a nut inside the hull and Larry said, 'Hey lovey, turn it a bit to the right.'"

The job went really well and Larry grooved on looking at the work he'd done so many years before. I too enjoyed remembering the stories of each piece of wood, each fitting we'd made or bought to build Seraffyn.

Larry enjoyed the challenge of making Seraffyn's transom frame like new.


While Larry showed off his skills as a boat builder, I finally caught up on correspondence and did some writing. Both of us did take the time to savor the autumn colors of the east coast, a sight that we doubt is rivaled anywhere in the world. We also joined friends for the Urbana Oyster Day parade. It is the real America as far as I am concerned, the best parade, the best eating - wonderful crab stew, oysters raw, steamed, roasted, fresh corn on the cob.

Because our sailing plans for next year start from the US east coast, we decided to again leave Taleisin at Krentz Marine, but this time did not remove the mast. So she is now right next to Seraffyn and we will rejoin her late in April. Before we left, we did order safety equipment to make her ready for some real offshore work - we got all new anchor chain delivered, and arranged to have a new dinghy ready for our return. We really do consider these two items the "real" safety gear on or boat. Our chain was 17 years old and ready yet again, to be galvanized. It is 5/16" hit-test chain and has been galvanized four times. We are assured that this does not affect its strength. But what made us buy new was the memory of one particular morning in Port Eden, New South Wales, Australia. We waited a bit too long before leaving when an onshore wind filled in. As we were bringing in the anchor in a four foot chop, it snagged and the boat came up short on the chain with a horrendous crash. When we finally got the anchor up, the 1/2 inch shackle between it and the chain had stretched out of shape. I've always had a slight distrust of the chain since then. Besides, the new cost only a few hundred dollars more than re-galvanizing and will definitely let us rest more soundly when gale force winds howl through an anchorage.

Taleisin sailing into Krentz marine railways, her winter hide-away.


Cheeky, the 8 foot Fatty Knees dinghy we have had for 18 years, is finally showing the stresses of age. Over the past few years we have had to remove some big blisters where water was sitting in the floatation tanks under the seats. She also began developing cracks in her gel-coat which seemed to go into the first layer of glass. As we depend on this dinghy to get us safely to shore, to be ready to heave overboard in a hurry to set an extra anchor or to help us kedge off if we accidentally go aground, and ultimately as an abandon ship boat, we went ahead and ordered a replacement from Eddy and Duff. Only quandary, should we call it Cheeky or was it a new boat? Solution, she will be Cheeky 2.

We flew to our home base at Kawau Island in New Zealand after spending Thanksgiving with our families in southern California. It is summer down here and within two days of our arrival we were once again enjoying fine wines and old friends at a launching of Dr. David Lewis latest book. This is the first time we have met this incredible man. At the age of 80 he is still planning further voyages - currently on the H28 he has just acquired. His book, We the Navigators has been a source of information and entertainment for years. Icebird, the book he wrote about wandering around Antarctica is one of the classics. But it is the man himself who can only be called - amazing. Articulate, still living life to the full, with a lovely lady joining him on his excursions.

As the holiday approaches, the parties seem to get better. We are celebrating an early Thanksgiving with Fred Sibthorpe, Julie, his lady and other Chesapeake sailing friends.


I (Lin) caught my first ever fish on a fishing rod just 20 miles from our home at Little Barrier island where Larry was diving for lobster with a local friend. Dinner was fresh lobster, ceviche made from my 2 pound red snapper and scallops from the bay outside our cove. It is good to be home, only slight flaw is that we do not have Taleisin with us. But the next four months will be full as we work to edit a new edition of Cruising in Seraffyn. It is 25 years since we wrote that first book, we have some lovely older photos we found in storage, plus new ones from our time sailing along with Seraffyn the past summer. So by September of 2110 we will be introducing a special 25th anniversary edition with a new introduction, a color photo album called, Seraffyn then and now (24 or 30 new photos) and new appendix, all with a hardbound cover. Meanwhile Larry has started his second volume of the Details of Classic Boat Construction and right now is writing about laying decks.

Holiday plans seem to have been made by our sailing friends down here, with about 16 coming for Christmas day dinner, some with their own boats others with their sleeping bags. We'll all play pool and race dinghies, take bush walks around the island and swim or skin dive until New Years eve, when it looks like another five or six boat loads of friends will show up. Hope your holiday plans are also going to be full of friends and family.

Like so many people, we take time at New Years to recall each of the places we celebrated this special season, One of the most memorable must have been on the beach at the Cafe Canoa, in Ihla Grande, 200 kilometers south of Rio de Janiero. We had a great reunion with some of the sailors in this photo at the Annopolis boat show. Almost all of the Braxilian friends you see in this picture did get their small cruising boats ready and are now out exploring under sail. Their boats are 28 feet in length, self-built as part of a coop, fiberglass and displace about 4 tons.




To see a photo of our New Zealand home (which we call Chaos Corners) take a look at the March and April 2000 newsletters in Lin and Larry, where are they now?

We still are not connected to computers - so if you want to send us a note please use our mailing address or, if you send an email to us at pardey@paracay.com, please include your postal address so we can reply.

Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, Lin and Larry Pardey


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