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Author Archives: Lin Pardey

August Newsletter 2015

Dear Friends; Misty clouds turn to rain as we make our way slowly into Skagway. I can’t complain as the weather has treated us kindly during our cruise through the Inland Passage toward Alaska. But, as the narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Railway train Larry, approaches the docks where our cruise liner awaits, I … Continue reading »

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June 2015 Cruising Tip

Where to get an inflation collar to convert your hard dinghy into a combo tender/lifeboat We have often had emails and letters from folks who read the chapter Cost Conscious Cruiser about how we converted Cheeky, our 8 foot tender into a combination tender/lifeboat. They have asked where to get affordable floatation tubes custom made. … Continue reading »

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June 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends: I watched as the mainsail began to rise up the mast.  I turned to head toward my office where I hoped I could more easily ignore what was going on. But a few steps later I realized I wouldn’t get any work done. So I turned back and tried not to scrutinize every … Continue reading »

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April/May 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends; March, April, I call them the migration months. This is the time of year when cruising sailors decide to explore the waters around New Zealand before heading off for northern (warmer) climates. We have had almost a dozen people from five countries drop anchor here at Kawau, then row ashore to say hello. … Continue reading »

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March 2015 Cruising Tip: Hints on Choosing a First Offshore Cruising Boat

There was a note in the Seven Seas Cruising Associate Newsletter a few years back, asking, “What hints would you give to someone who was looking for their very first offshore cruising boat.” When the next issue of the newsletter arrived I read some of the answers and felt that they reflected budgets and desires … Continue reading »

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March 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends: We arrived back at our island home on the mid-afternoon ferry earlier this month. As we came into the bay I noticed the British flag on an anchored boat and commented to Larry, “Handsome boat, might wander out tomorrow and invite the crew for a drink.” When I got up to the house … Continue reading »

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January 2015 Cruising Tip

Check that Passport Date An invitation to attend the Moscow Boat Show in March of this year and then a visit to St. Petersburg seemed too good to refuse. I of course said yes to the publisher who has translated two of our books into the Russian Language, (The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew … Continue reading »

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January 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends: Tan-bark colored sails are a rarity here in New Zealand, which is one reason we both noticed the yacht as it came into North Cove. The second was the rig, a ketch with a gaff-rigged main and mizzen. The third, it was sailed in, drifting before the gradually dying southwesterly until the crew … Continue reading »

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November 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends We had just come ashore after spending a few hours on board Taleisin with two potential voyagers. The cold, early spring wind made the hot chicken and bean soup particularly welcome.  “We are both tired of the rat race, tired of working just to consume, definitely don’t need a 2600 square foot house,” … Continue reading »

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October 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends: During the many years we have wandered the globe, we’ve acquired a long list of favorite destinations, favorite anchorages. When we’re asked to name them it is usually the beauty of the surroundings which makes certain places jump into our minds. Larry always starts his list with Gouvia, the almost perfect anchorage just … Continue reading »

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August/September Cruising Tip 2014

Just how fresh is an egg? Though I’ve written lots about keeping eggs fresh, all I could have told you about checking for freshness is – if the shell looks very solid, opaque and feels slightly bumpy the egg is fresher than one that feels very smooth. Then I happened across a book called How … Continue reading »

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August/September 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends: I never realized just how special voyaging under sail was until Larry and I decided to take a serious tour of the US Western states. For the past two and a half months, we’ve spent most of our time living in the camper mounted on a pickup truck while we traveled through Nevada, … Continue reading »

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