Lin and Larry Pardey - The Cold Hard Facts
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
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. Married October 31st 1968.
Lyle Hess designed cutter, styled on lines of Falmouth Working Boats. Original hull (Renegade) designed in 1954 for Hale Field of Newport Beach as gaff-cutter. Marconi rig designed for Pardeys in 1964. Built by Lin and Larry. Launched October 31st, 1968. Length on deck 24' 7". Waterline 22' 2" beam 8' 11", draft 4' 8", displacement loaded for cruising 10,686 pounds, sail area - working plan 461 square feet. Construction - mahogany on oak steam bent frames with every third frame sawn. Solid teak decks, original cost $7,765 U S.Voyaged - 47,000 miles - eleven years, eastward through Mexico, Panama Canal, to Europe and Baltic. Three years in Mediterranean, south through Red Sea, across Indian Ocean and through China seas to Japan, then Canada and south back to launching port of Newport Beach, California
Designed for Lin and Larry by Lyle C Hess in 1977. Development of Seraffyn. Launched 10/ 31/1983. Length on deck 29' 6", waterline 27' 6", beam 10' 9", draft 5' 3", displacement for cruising 17,800. . Sail area - 740 square feet. Construction - Built by Lin and Larry, teak carvel planking over sawn black locust frames, bronze floors, bronze hanging knees. Solid teak decks, material cost $US 38,000 (1980 dollars).
Voyaged - 80,000 miles sailing westward from California through Pacific. Two voyages from New Zealand to Australia and return. Then through Cook Straits of New Zealand to Sydney, south to Tasmania, westward through Australian bight to Indian Ocean, South Africa, Brazil, Ireland, England, Scotland and Norway. East coast of US, then south to Argentina and westward around Cape Horn across outbound track to complete circumnavigation in 2003, then on to Canada . After spending three seasons exploring the sounds from Desolation sound to Seattle she cruised the west coast of North America then cross the Pacific via the Line Islands, Samoa and Tonga to finish another circumnavigation in New Zealand.
Designed and built by C and W Bailey, 1895. Gaff cutter, length on deck 37' beam 7'6" draft 4'9" Ninety-five percent of hull is original. Has been in commission 100 of its 110 years. Purchased 2004 and currently being upgraded cruised and raced at home base in New Zealand during southern summers. Sailed to second in division, 2005 International Classics Regatta, Auckland. 1st in division 2006 International Classics Regatta, Auckland, 2nd 2008 Anniversary day regatta. With Taleisin back at her home base and needing the one winter mooring we have here, Thelma had some final restoration work completed and was adopted out to Matt Price a skilled wooden boat builder in Wellington, where she will race with two other vintage 2-1/2 raters.
Approximately 60,000 miles of yacht delivery work and racing. 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.
New Zealand. Citizens of New Zealand, Canada (Larry) and America (Lin).
Books by Lin and Larry Pardey Videos by Lin and Larry Pardey
Storm Tactics Handbook Cruising, hints for improving your boat
Cruising in Seraffyn Voyaging, upgrading your cruising boat
Seraffyn's European Adventure The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew
Seraffyn's Mediterranean Adventure Cruising Coral Seas
Seraffyn's Oriental Adventure Storm Tactics Video
The Self-sufficient Sailor
The Capable Cruiser DVDs by Lin and Larry Pardey
The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew Storm Tactics
Details of Classic Boat Construction - The Hull Get Ready to Cruise
Cost Conscious Cruiser Get Ready to Cross Oceans
Cruising Has No Limits
Articles by Lin and Larry have appeared in
Sail Magazine, Cruising World, Woodenboat, Good Old Boat, Classic Boat UK, Yachting Monthly UK, Practical Boat Owner UK, South African Yachting, Cruising Helmsman - Australia, Australian Boating, Amateur Boatbuilder - Australia, Das Boot - Germany, Brazilian Sailing, Yacht - Germany, New Zealand Yachting, Sea Spray New Zealand. Pacific Yachting , Canada
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. Presented to Lin Pardey 1996.
Geoff Pac Memorial Award- to both Lin and Larry for fostering and encouraging ocean cruising in small yachts
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
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 on boats they built them selves, using traditional means of navigation and having no engine nor sponsorship.
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