To anyone interested in small-boat cruising and voyaging, the names Lin and Larry Pardey need no introduction. As world-girdling sailors who roamed the planet on a pair of small, engineless boats that they built themselves, the Pardeys established their hard-earned reputations by eloquently (and sometimes controversially) telling their stories through a series of best-selling books and manuals, and countless seminars and boat shows.
They have been called the first couple of cruising and have remained true to their mantra: Go simple, go small, go now. And after 200,000 miles of cruising under sail, they ve demonstrated that the dream of voyaging over the horizon is not only attainable, it s affordable. The children of modest, middle-class families, their message of accessibility into the world of cruising of taking your own floating home anywhere has proved irresistible to tens of thousands of sailors. Lin and Larry Pardey became cruising royalty not solely due to their impressive deeds but also through their rare ability to share what they'd learned across multiple media. Seemingly every offshore cruiser knows who they are and what they represent. Or do they?
In As Long as It's Fun, the biography of Lin and Larry Pardey, Herb McCormick recounts their remarkable sailing career from their early days in Southern California to their two circumnavigations to their current life in a quiet cove in New Zealand. Through interviews with their families, friends, and critics, McCormick delves deeply into the couple's often-controversial opinions, sometimes-tenuous marriage, and amazing list of accomplishments. As Long as It's Fun is as much a love story as it is a sea yarn, and, like all such stories, it s not without complications...which makes it not only a sailing tale but also a human one.
©2014 Herb McCormick (P)2014 New Street Communications, LLC
"splendidly written, beautifully narated"
The narrator has a natural talent - great delivery. And the storytelling from the writer is first-rate.
The sections describing their earliest voyages.
I've long been a fan of the Pardeys. I've read all of their books, and thus was familiar with aspects of this biography before I experienced the biography. Herb McCormick brought new insights and a fresh perspective. Excellent overall.
"A fascinating memoir of an authentic life"
I was interested in this book through the entirety of the presentation. The part about the Hiscocks was extremely touching and inspiring. This is a great book for listening to at work.
"Great tale of two splendid lifetime on blue water"
Lin and Larry Pardey have lived a life worth reading, and Herb McCormick tells is splendidly. Really enjoyed this.
"Great content, questionable packaging."
You've got to love the story of a couple who lived a unique lifestyle, their way, and paved the path for a lot of aspiring world sailors. But wow, you have a to have a high tolerance for cliches and expressions for WW2 that were worn out by the 70s to get through this book. Unless you have a twisted sense of humour, in which case you'll get to add some lols to your sailing stories.
"Read this if you've ever wanted to sail."
Perhaps the most intriguing story on sailing I've read. The Pardey's did everything with vigor and enthusiasm. Their story keeps you always wanting to hear the next chapter, yet delivers the best satisfaction next to being on the open water yourself.
"Great stories that inspire"
The stories could have been interlaced a bit better given the years covered. I made my self pay attention instead of the reader keeping my attention. It helped to listen and follow the voyages on google maps. Inspirational to a few of us seeking to sail far.
"A great tale inadequately told and poorly narrated"
This book should be recommended as an introduction to the library of Pardey authored books, rather than a good standalone work. It outlines with far too little detail the globe trotting lifestyle of the couple, never giving enough detail as to all that happened or why. It reads more like an old Readers Digest condensed book, enumerating events without detail. It does, though, make one want to dig into the Pardey books to get the details of their adventures that this one is lacking.
I'd compare it to Josh Slocum's books, to Two Years Before the Mast or to More Backward Faster.
I felt his delivery was a bit thin, flat and I felt he mispronounced quite a few words.
This book did inspire me to search out the Pardey authored books, search for the Hiscock books about their adventures and look for more information about many of the characters named in this book.
"Long may it sail"
I don't usually read/ listen to biographies, I tend to like autobiographies but this is a very entertaining story.
It really does a good job of letting you see inside the life and relationships of Lynn and Larry, and what a life they've had.
One day I'm going to head off to sea and when I do I hope its as interesting and fulfilling a time as they had.
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