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Of Foreign Build Paperback – September 29, 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
Having spent 11 years sailing, they have expert knowledge of all things maritime.
From navigation,to everyday life of cooking and cleaning,mooring in various countries- which
can be problematic.
The friendships that evolve with fellow travellers is needed when weeks at sea can take its
toll on being so isolated.
It takes courage,adaptability, and a sense of humour to get through the highs and lows of
all the work involved when sailing.
Jackie writes endearingly of day to day life on board,the joys and delights when destinations
reached,or problems solved.
As always, she writes with honesty and humour to engage sailors and non sailors alike.
Jackie Parry’s tale of heartache and redemption is both a testament to her resolve to face life head-on after personal tragedy, and a reminder that such a journey cannot be taken alone.
The book does have its belly-laughs too, and Jackie's humour and outlook on life are at the forefront of this tale.
With a knack for explaining her naivety around boats with a charming self-awareness, the author shares her sense of wonder at her new life and the challenges it presents with raw emotion.
Of Foreign Build is a privilege to read and highly recommended.
You have to applaud Jackie for feeling the fear of a ‘safe dreary life’ (whatever that means) to taking the plunge into the unknown for a life of adventure after her heart was torn apart.
This book reminds me of a quote from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Umm you don’t have to literally ‘sail away’ as Jackie and Noel did – yet this book encourages you to live that life you dreamed about.
I had many laughs at the author’s at times brutal honesty of sailing the world for eleven years.
Pointing out the challenges along the way, however they are there to overcome – to grow and fill your heart with what you love or fear!
A down to earth memoir of the realities of sailing and travelling – embracing a personal – emotional and physical journey through life.
Bravo to a woman who dared!
Whether you are an armchair traveller or on the precipice of travelling long term – this is a must read!!!
I recommend this book for everyone, especially young women who have not yet found their niche in life. Jackie Parry's life story is a great example of possibility and personal courage. This book is great fodder for important mother-daughter talks . . . On the surface it's about building a life aboard a sailboat, but it's also very much about voyaging through life.
She writes extremely well; her stories of terror as she learns to sail has me gripping the arms of my chair! Truthfully told the joys and the sorrows of leaving behind security, home and friends sometimes brings a tear. The descriptions of the different cultures is vivid as are the relationships developed in the sailing community. Heartily and warmly recommended. She is a lady I would love to meet!
Reading Jackie's words, I drifted and sailed through the chapters just like the waves enjoying each port along the way. Beautifully written with honesty, humour and love for all living creatures on this planet. She is an example to women that anything is possible. Now a master captain with so much experience I take my hat off to her. I highly recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very much enjoyed this book. Both a wonderful personal story and travelogue giving the best and worst aspects of offshore cruising as well as practical information on sailing and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
It is always interesting to read how a person deals with the hardship of an unexpected death of a spouse or child. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RVBASECAMP
What an amazing journey around the world--one that many of us can ever make. I thoroughly enjoyed Jackie's writing style and her stories along the way. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gussy Love
A great read. Loved it. Lots of good info for us future cruisersPublished 2 months ago by Jan McCourt
Great story. Felt like I was along for the adventure. I felt like Jackie was talking to me as though I was there to share all the fun, exciting, beautiful and scary experiences. Read morePublished 3 months ago by WINDWARD BOUND
Good book. It is a treasury to sail along with the author. Thanks I enjoyed this and will read her other books.Published 3 months ago by Howard M. Benz
The writing is clear, concise and very descriptive. Fascinating diary of an exciting voyage. Inside look at the world of cruising.Published 3 months ago by Ralph A Kimball