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The Self-Sufficient Sailor [Kindle Edition]

Larry Pardey , Lin Pardey
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Book Description

This book is what the title says. It is the distillation of what the Pardey's have learned in 150,000 miles of sailing on board their two cutters, Seraffyn and Taleisin, and on scores of other boats they have delivered or raced. Lin and Larry tell how they have sailed in comfort and safety without large cash outlay- on a pay-as-you-earn-as-you-go plan and by simplifying.In its first edition, this invaluable text has seen nine reprints. Now Lin and Larry have updated and revised the information to make it current and a valuable edition to any sailor's library right up to the millennium.

Editorial Reviews


........for the beginner or experienced offshore cruising sailor who is contemplating a voyage, this book by one of Americas most famous sailing couples is a must. The valuable information includes ....practical, innovative ideas to better outfit any sailboat. -- Shirley Herd Deal, Sea Magazine, 1985

I think it wisest to learn from other peoples experience, by reading books. I like Glenans Sailing book and also know an excellent American book written by Lin and Larry Pardey, the Self Sufficient Sailor. -- Bernard Moitessier - Sailor, Author and Adventurer, 1989

Nothing can keep you cruising longer, safer and on a lower budget than self-sufficiency, and no one knows more about the subject than Lin and Larry Pardey. They draw on 29 years of cruising to reveal how to handle your boat under sail and at anchor; how to build trust and teamwork in your crew, and how to fortify your boat with backup systems - advice that will keep you sailing onward instead of stuck in port waiting for repair parts. -- Tom Linskey -Editor, Sail Magazine, 1996

We all have something to learn form this book, from authors who have put into practice a principle that applies to all of us. -- Denny Desoutter, Editor, Practical Boat Owner, 1997

From the Author

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.

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  • File Size: 2556 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Paradise Cay Publications (February 17, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038UGFE4
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical knowledge for the serious sailor June 20, 2000
Lin and Larry's reprint/update is well worth the investment. Yes, the chapters here, like many of their books, started off life as magazine articles and, yes, they were published many years ago, but that is completely beside the point. Their advice is timeless because it deals with real knowledge and experience about techniques and material that will never go out of practical use. Varnish, sailcloth, kerosene lamps, dinghies, three strand rope, planes and chisels, none of these or the hundreds of other topics will ever disappear from sailing, unlike a long dissertation on LORAN or RDF or epoxy, or other topics rapidly becoming obsolete. A hundred years from now there will still be sailors on engineless boats with kerosene lamps and sextants, because simple things work. Period. Always have, always will. If this truth appeals to you, then these are your books.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential how-to cruise and survive October 25, 1999
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As usual, Lin and Larry Pardey have captured in their non-preachy, no-nonsense way the essence of cruising and surviving on the high well as when you drop the hook in a foreign port. This book is fairly old ('82) but they've done a good job of updating and adding info that applies to cruising in the 90s. I'm a fan because I've owned the big boats and now I've down-sized to the more manageable 30-footer range. So I know whereof they speak. Your chances of unhooking from the land are MUCH greater if you are not plowing every cent you make into a 40-45 foot boat. Life becomes sweeter when you manage on your own to make the repairs and adapt some fix-it scheme to your boat so it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I'm working my way through their books and I truly see them as the embodiment of the modern Hiscock.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the sea, this book is never out of date February 19, 1999
By A Customer
I read the Pardey's Cost Conscious Cruiser first, then I met them at a seminar, listened to their absolute logic - they never said anyone else was wrong, but they did make it clear that people who write about fixing their boat too often, may have complicated their life beyond what they could handle. Self Sufficent sailor has more good advise, logical ideas and fun reading, not sure if it is better than Cost Conscious Cruiser, more like in addition to. The Pardeys made it clear at their seminar that they kept learning as they cruised. It is no wonder they need to write a new book every three or four years. Glad they take the time to do it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars modern man is loosing his ability to use his own hands January 4, 2004
By A Customer
I read this book fifteen years ago, then bought the new edition because someone borrowed my old one. Yup, as the previous reviewer said, the Pardyes have only updated this edition, adding maybe 30 percent new info. But their message is as modern as today. Only by knowing how to get along without al the fancy gadgets can you be have a chance to feel completely in charge of your cruising life. You may never need to get along without your engine, or without your electronics, but if they do fail you will not feel stuck,if you think through what they say. By the way, I happened to go to their website and am amazed at the wonderful life they have made for themselves, a small but grand cruising boat and a boatyard and home in New Zealand that makes a perfect safe haven that I would love to have for my later years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book covers a huge array of topics, including:
How to build a wooden mast and why you'd want to.
How to get your wife/girlfriend into sailing.
How to scull your boat (like an Italian gondola)
How a mechanical wind vane can steer your boat.
Different kinds of rudder and prop configurations to avoid.

It seems to be a collection of magazine articles they've written, so each chapter is about 6 pages, but that makes it very easy to read and hard to put down.

Out of date:
On one hand, I love how this book emphasizes self-reliance and not trusting your life to technology. On the other hand, it was last revised in 1997, before the worldwide boom of internet communications, cell phones and affordable satellite communications. I had a good chuckle when they mention how much easier it's been to communicate since the advent of the fax machine.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not new material February 12, 2007
It is common in the Pardey line of book for chapters to be repeated. I would like to see a new book from the Pardey's that is up to date with new material throughout. Still a great book for easy reading and many tips.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Trebek
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The writing is excellent, but im not a cruising couple, nor can i build a boat, or a mast. This book has a lot of merit but its not for everybody, i wish i hadnt paid 10 bucks for a kindle version of cruising life in the 1970s. Hence the three stars. The book still has a lot of valuable information which is why i will not delete it. But half of it doesnt apply to me, a solo cost conscious cruiser in the the 2014 zone. God bless the Pardey's for what they accomplished.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the pardey's know more than most sailor's have forgotten December 25, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
That being said, most sailors do not want to sail without a motor, refrigeration,etc., but learning that it can be done and how it simplifies cruising makes for interesting reading. Their sailing/anchoring/boat design and building and what to think about as you make your choices is excellent. This book is for serious long distance cruisers, much more than the coastal cruiser though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars easy read
Good book lot of useful cruising info
Published 13 days ago by Michael Alford
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended
Lots of valuable information and advice.
Published 25 days ago by P. NORTON
3.0 out of 5 stars Sailing
Good book. Has some good ideas on being self sufficient.
Published 1 month ago by Notadev
5.0 out of 5 stars Self-sufficiency is the way to go over the long haul
The more we can learn how to take care of ourselves and our boats, the better. So much good advice is packed into this and their other books.
Published 2 months ago by Pdhmaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book full of invaluable information for voyaging and cruising while living aboard.
Published 3 months ago by One Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great how to reference for the boatsman/woman
Published 3 months ago by Pastor Keith
2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy in narritive, light in solutions
Qualifying comment - for me it was not good, but it could be for you. I bought the book b/c of the self sufficient title, and these two have sailed for over a decade, but..... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cy
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Advice From a Very Experienced Cruiser
Excellent read, good advice from a very experienced cruising couple.
Published 4 months ago by Timothy West
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lots of good information.
Published 5 months ago by Chris Greenman
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste the money!
If you want to read a pleasant story about this couple's adventures and the people they meet, this book is for you. Read more
Published 5 months ago by elliott n white
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