As Long as It's Fun
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Subtitled The Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey
Well known to the cruising community and arm-chair sailors for their books about how to sail around the world on a small boat, this book is about Lin and Larry Pardey, but not written by them. Instead, their story is told by Herb McCormick, former editor of Cruising World and sailing correspondent/sports writer for The New York Times as well as being a sailor with almost as many offshore miles as the Pardeys.
We bet you'll find this interesting and entertaining. It adds a perspective to what you may already know about a couple who have spent many years on boats they've built. And it comes to us at an turning point, as Lin and Larry have recently put their Lyle Hess cutter Taleisin, now homeported in New Zealand, on the market, with their long cruises now behind them. They make the point that author McCormick, while long-time friend, does include the whole picture, warts and all. Odd though, is the brief bit about the Pardey's mission to disprove epoxy's worth. The book tells us that the brothers Gougeon, creators of West System epoxy, didn't do any lab testing of the product. Odd that this wasn't explored more deeply, as most folks are aware of Gougeon's extensive testing. Guess you can't go into much detail when the book's gaze is intended to be Gumponian in scope.
by Herb McCormick
280 pp, softcover
ReviewLin and Larry Pardey have sailed twice around the world in simple, engineless wooden boats of their own making and never wavered from their mantra: Go simple, go small, go now. All the while they have written prolifically and lucidly about the process of turning the dream into reality. Herb McCormick's new biography As Long as It's Fun: The Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey, deftly unravels this sprawling tale of two of the best-known characters in the cruising community who have been a guiding light for many wanting to make the dream a reality.
--Bruce Halabisky, in WB #238