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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sheridan House; Rev Sub edition (January 25, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0924486368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0924486364
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...can...make [these special subjects]...comprehensible and absorbing to a landlubber... (The New York Times)

Loaded with practical cruising advice, interesting anecdotes, and sometimes even excitement and suspense... (Library Journal)

This book should be required reading for young couples who are dying to cruise... (Sail Magazine)

An acute observer and fine writer. Their life on Seraffyn is at a level of simplicity and self-reliance that Thoreau would fine admirable. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

For more than three decades, the Pardeys have embodied the ultra-competent, self-sufficient ideal of blue water voyaging. (Cruising World)

From the Publisher

With over 52,000 copies sold this book is the classic sailing story of our times. Inspirational, enjoyable and full of adventure, it will make a perfect gift for anyone who loves the sea, sailing or exploring foriegn lands. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Waid Lackey on February 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a perfect starter book for anyone dreaming of the cruising life. It is a sensible and realistic view of sailing the high seas from one of the world's most famous cruising couples. Along with vivid imagery of azure skies, deserted beaches, and emerald waters, Lin and Larry Pardey intertwine the realities and requirements of the cruising life. Their philosophy is simple: "Go small, go simple, go now!"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Beddoe on December 30, 2000
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The Pardeys are well known in the cruising world. They are mostly known for their efficient and economical methods (they didn't even have an engine on Serrafyn). This book gives a great background on how they got started. The original edition of this book was written in the 70s. This new edition adds a section on current (1992) costs to proceed as they did.
The book is clear and well written. Throughout the entire book you will be asking yourself, "what am I waiting for? I could be cruising NOW!" While I would agree that it is certainly possible to do as they did, it takes more than the desire to save money. It takes the kind of character many of us don't have (including me). The character of *completely* relying on just the basics. For instance, I could not imagine...for me...having a sailboat without a motor. There is certainly something pure and noble about not having one, but I still feel it is a convenience (and safety feature) I would not want to do without.
Above all else is my favorite quote from the Pardeys. When asked how much longer they were going to continue sailing they replied, "As long as it's fun."
That's the sort of inspiration we need about all things in life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As other folks have written, this book is lovely to read and inspiring as can be. The new edition, in its hard cover is not just a simple reprint. It is almost a whole new book - the new introduction gives grand info for sailors today, the appendix puts it all where it is for those who want to sail off in 2002. But best of all are the l6 pages of full color photos - stuff to dream about, ideas to use on your boat. Really lovely. If you have the old edition, you'll still want this one. If you've never read the first book, this is the one for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack Donachy on February 25, 2012
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As I read "Cruising In Seraffyn," I came to appreciate that I was reading an important contribution to the history of recreational sailing. In the late '60's, the Pardeys built the 24 foot sailboat that took them across the world's oceans. Over four decades later, their "go small, go simple, go NOW" motto remains a foundational piece of advice for those considering blue water cruising. While long term cruising on a 24' boat wouldn't work for most (Lin stands 4' 10") the overriding theme that smaller boats can be safe, comfortable and cost effective is valid.

Although much has changed in the years since the Pardeys wrote this book, it remains full of time-tested insights, tips and advice borne of hard-won experience. As to the writing, it is impossible not to be swept along by the Pardeys' exuberance which percolates through every page. The photos in this anniversary edition are indeed worth 1,000 words. "Sailing in Seraffyn" will be a welcome addition to the libraries of blue water sailors as well as readers who are considering this lifestyle. Highest possible recommendation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Bowers on July 26, 2006
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As you read this book it seems as though you are right there with Larry and Lin as they build and sail their small boat from California through Mexico, Central America, Jamaica, up the U.S. East Coast to the Chesapeake Bay and finally to Europe. This is the 25th Anniversary edition of this book. It has been updated from the original with pictures and maps. A great book I would recommend it highly for anyone with an adventurous spirit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "sailthebluesea" on May 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Page turner - made me want to drop everything and sail. The combination of this book and Slocum's book gave me the sailing bug. Contains useful information for those that are thinking about buying a boat. As seasoned, adventurous, resourceful sailors, the Pardeys' books are useful for salties or salty-wannabes (like myself).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
I loved the book, but always wished there were more photos. Now I have seen the new edition, in hard cover, published by the Pardey's. It is great. They have done it for the 25th anniversary of this book. Lots of color photos, a really updated discussion of cruising costs and a really nice story about what has happened to Seraffyn over the past 30 years. The pictures of the Pardey's new boat and Seraffyn sailing side by side are worth the $2l.95 price. Unfortunately, the book will not be on the American market until June. I got one from a friend who is a book reviewer. I was told you could wait till june and get it at ..., or you can go to the news letters on thier web site, ... and order one early.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Now available in a brand new 25th anniversary edition, Lin and Larry Pardey's Cruising in Seraffyn now sports a new introduction, "Anyone Can Go Cruising," and a new appendix, "Affordable, Attainable Dreams." Cruising In Seraffyn is an exciting, detailed cruising guide with a 16-page spread of full-color photos, making it an adventurous reference for nautical buffs and armchair travelers alike. With its decades of sailor's wisdom and inspirational prose, Cruising In Seraffyn is very highly recommended reading for anyone interested in setting sail for pleasure.
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