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Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven Year Pacific Odyssey Paperback – May 1, 2012
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"A compelling read, "Tightwads on the Loose: a Seven Year Pacific Odyssey" flows as an adventure narrative with a "you are there" flavor. Ms. Hinman is as competent with the written word as she is at sea. And she clearly has a sense of humor." Mike Dillon, Magnolia News
"Alternately hilarious, exciting and thought provoking, Tightwads on the Loose tells what happens when two people with very disparate personalities set out in a too small boat with a too small budget. It will take you on a glorious romp around the Pacific."
Elsie Hulsizer, author Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward
"Enjoy a wild ride with Wendy Hinman's Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven Year Pacific Odyssey. The pragmatist and the dreamer make entertaining travel companions, and the places they visit capture the imagination."
- Janna Cawrse Esarey, author of The Motion of the Ocean
"Lively, thoughtful and entertaining. As the best cruising memoirs do, "Tightwads" rises above the pack by providing more than just the vicarious thrill of experiencing exotic anchorages and storms at sea. Hinman adeptly takes readers on a vividly detailed journey, but the book also delves deeper." - Three Sheets Northwest
"What an incredible book!! I couldn't put it down. I savored every word. It was so evocative and exciting reading about places I always wanted to visit. I loved the color and the mystery and the personal parts about their relationship." Donna J. Moore, author of Out of the Fog
"A light-hearted tone and unaffected style make this an entertaining tale." San Francisco Book Review
About the Author
Wendy Hinman's stories have appeared in a variety of publications, especially ones that sailors like to read. One story was published in the anthology, We Came to Say, and another won a Solas Traveler's Tales award for best travel writing. Even after 34,000 miles, she looks forward to her next adventure with her husband, Garth, to whom she's still married and happens to like. http://wendyhinman.com
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I got caught up in the story and stayed interested until the end. Hinman writes simply and well. Boating (especially long-distance boating) attracts an eccentric group, so she has plenty to write about. Plus the places they visited (and sometimes stayed for lengthy periods) are not the tourist destinations covered in conventional travel books. It's just a good read.
That said, it does have a few sketchy bits, mostly in the lack of/poor editing, i.e. a couple of oddly redundant things and a few very minor grammar issues. Other than that, it's a fantastic book and I would recommend it to anyone whether or not they are interested in sailing.