Lin & Larry Pardey

Engineless circumnavigators, authors, landlpardey.com

Lin (a 20-year-old bookkeeper, piano player) met Larry (a 26-year-old professional charter yacht skipper) in Newport Beach, California, when he was just starting to shape the oak keel timber for his first offshore cruising boat. Three dates later they joined forces and over the past 47 years have sailed both east-about and west-about around the world on their 24'4" Seraffyn and later their 29' Taleisin, both engine-free wooden cutters they built themselves. During their decades of wandering, they worked as a delivery team, did boat repairs and rigging work in 17 different countries including restoring two 100-year-old classic boats. Lessons they have learned from more than 200,000 miles of voyaging are recounted in their eleven books and their five DVDs, the latest being the just-released DVD called Cost Control While you Cruise and Lin’s award-winning memoir entitled Bull Canyon, a Boatbuilder, a Writer and Other Wildlife as well as texts such as Details of Classic Boat Construction: The Hull. Together the Pardeys hold the record for the smallest engine-free boat to have rounded the southern capes against the prevailing winds using traditional means of navigation and with no sponsorship.

Videos

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Cool Shop Tip #3 – Chipper Guide for Plane Sharpening: Who knew the cap iron on your hand plane could be used as a guide when sharpening the blade? A handy little plane sharpe...

 

Guide Posts

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Our Favorite Sailing Rig: The Cutter, by Lin and Larry Pardey: For any sailing boat under 45 feet, nothing beats a properly-designed cutter rig, especially if you sail shorthanded. By...
Hatches That Are Watertight, Easy to Maintain, and Handsome: “If you didn’t want to get wet, you shouldn’t go to sea!” That’s how one owner defended the salt water that sp...
Good Reads: Recommendations by Lin & Larry Pardey: OffCenterHarbor.com asked our guides to share their favorite books that should be in every boater’s library… NOTE: O...
The Three Boats I Lust After (and Why) – The Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 25, Herreshoff 12.5 & Whio: I’ve had the good fortune to sail on dozens of different boats over the years ranging from 140 foot schooners to light...