The Capable Cruiser is a logical extension of the Pardeys' The Self-Sufficient Sailor (978-0964603677), with more emphasis on seamanship 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, former editor of "Cruising World" magazine, to label Lin and Larry Pardey "the enablers." This revised and expanded third edition of a cruising classic includes 10 completely new chapters with such advice as: 16 ways to encourage your lover (partner) to share your dream; strategies for turning sudden engine failure into a minor incident; choosing safety equipment and repairing rigging at sea. All of the original chapters have been updated to ensure that the information will be helpful for everyone who dreams of cruising-whether now or in the near future.
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Lin and Larry Pardey have voyaged together for over 26 years, covering the equivalent of 5 circumnavigations on board their own self-built cutters, Seraffyn and Taleisin. Larry worked as first mate on a 140-ton, 85-foot schooner, Double Eagle, voyaging from Newport Beach, California, to Hawaii and back and along the Mexican coast before meeting Lin. He, along with Leslie Dyball, won the handicap prize for first overall in the exceptionally stormy 1974 Round Britain two-handed race. Lin and Larry have delivered two dozen boats across oceans and raced their own and others boats. Their interest in storm tactics has led them to research both older and modern methods of heaving-to, by talking and corresponding with sailors from dozens of countries, by working with Victor Shane at the Drag Device Data Base, and by testing both on their own boat in hurricane-force winds and on modern boats off the Cape of Storms, in South Africa.
Larry was selected as the winner of the International Oceanic Award, givenby the Royal Institute of Navigation under the sponsorship of the Little Ship Club of London and presented by Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, for the most meritorious voyage of over 2,000 miles using traditional methods of navigation. Larrys award was for 30 years of successful voyaging, covering more than 150,000 miles on 21 different vessels and using onlysextant and chronometer, including his 2,840 mile voyage in 1995 from Fernancdo do Noronha to Horta, in the Azores.
In March 1996, Lin was presented with the Ocean Cruising Club Award for the person who has done the most to foster and encourage ocean cruising in small craft and the practice of seamanship and navigation in all branches, at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, in London.
Articles by Lin and Larry have appeared in Sail Magazine, Cruising World, Woodenboat (USA) Practical Boat Owner, Yachting Monthly, Classic Boat Magazine (UK), Cruising Helmsman (Australia), South African Yachting, and Nautica (Brazil).
Their nine books have been published in both the United States and England; two have been translated into German and Japanese. Lin and Larry are currently writing a new book, The Cost Conscious Cruiser. Their most recent voyage took them to Scotland and Norway, and Taleisin is ready for another voyage, either west or north in the spring of 1998.About the Author:
Lin and Larry Pardey have now been cruising on board their own boats, racing, delivering, and repairing other people s boats for more than 44 years. After both west-to-east and east-to-west circumnavigations, and voyages to more than 75 countries, they have a breadth of knowledge that few other boating authors possess. Most of their voyaging has been done on an earn-as-you-go budget that could be well within the reach of the majority of those whose dream is to set sail.
Their motto? Go small, go simple, but go now! The Pardeys strengths are neatly symbolized by the boats they have built. Each one is romantically traditional, with swooping sheerlines, and is completely dependent on the wind. And yet each boat carries the best, strongest, and most seamanlike gear. Like their vessels, the Pardeys writings are founded on a marriage of the spirit of romantic adventure and the practical, up-to-date seamanship that keeps them and their boats safe.
Details - Larry Born 1939, Victoria, Canada. Raised on Shuswap Lake, Okenagan Valley and in Vancouver. First Boat, Indian dug out canoe, age 9. First sail boat - self-restored 8' EL TORO pram, age 17. 1st cruising boat - self-restored 20 foot Colin Archer Cutter. 1st racing boat, age 19 - self-restored 27 foot Tumlaren Sloop. 205,000 sea miles
Lin Born 1944, Detroit, Michigan. Raised in Los Angeles County. Early sailing experience - summer sailing on lakes of Michigan in 14 foot Old Town Sloop until age of 5. Studied accounting and music. 198,000 sea miles Lin and Larry Met in 1965. Romanced three weeks. Joined forces June 12, 1965.
Lin and Larry Married October 31st 1968. Voyaged on board their own Self-built wooden, engine free cutters twice around the world and covered a total of 140,000 miles on Seraffyn and Taleisin Other voyages Approximately 60,000 miles of yacht delivery work and racing.
They have made ocean passages on 20 different vessels and raced on many others including; 85' Schooner, California to Hawaii and return, 54' Ketch, Palma, Majorca to New Orleans. Fleet Handicap winner, 1974 Round Britain two-handed race, First place, Auckland two-handed series.
Awards include - Mauritanian Legion of Honour, as Captain of first American team to sail across the Sahara Desert in a land yacht,1966. Cruising Sailors to contribute most to the sport of Sailing - voted by readers of Sail Magazine 1990. International Oceanic Award - presented by Royal Institute of Navigation sponsored by Little Ship Club 1996 - in recognition of Larry's voyaging using traditional methods of navigation. Ocean Cruising Club Award - for contributions to Seamanship for small boat sailing. Geoff Pac Memorial Award- to both Lin and Larry for fostering and encouraging ocean cruising Cruising World Hall of Fame-2000 Ocean Cruising Club Merit Award To Lin and Larry for inspiring voyages including a west-about rounding of Cape Horn Seven Seas Cruising Club Service Award To Lin and Larry for their lifetime voyaging achievements 2004. CCA Far Horizon Award 2009 for lifetime contributions to the sport of sailing. Sail Magazine 40 most influential sailors 2010
Records-Smallest boat to have circumnavigated contrary to the prevailing winds around all the great southern capes. Only couple to have circumnavigated both east about and west about using only the wind, traditional navigation methods and without sponsorship. Their latest book, Bull Canyon, a Boatbuilder, a Writer and other Wildlife has been selected by more than 9 book clubs.
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