have a decent chapter on what to put in the ditch bag except one would need to look at fresh water stills or a portable watermaker The section on spare parts is good Do not ignore page 242 about how to turn your engine into a bilge pump Seriously if you are thinking about crossing an ocean know how to do this Nothing will get religion into your soul on this subject like lifting the floorboards to discover the bilge full of water and the electric bilge pump non functional I have such religion these daysAnyway I love the Pardeys but I need to pick up one of their recent books to see how their thoughts on cruising have evolved I gave this book 4 stars only because so much of it either applies exclusively to wooden boats or is outdated in some way But I folded a lot of pages for future reference Altogether not bad for a book from 1981 And in fairness there is a 1997 edition I have not read this is the one from 81. On a pay as you earn as you go plan and by simplifying In its first edition this invaluable text has seen nine reprints Now Lin and Larry have updated and revised the information to make it current and a valuable edition to any sailor’s librar. .
Crackercracker by two legends most useful book i have read on sailing cant recommend this book enough to anyone genuinely circumnavigating some recent technologies may be helfpul that you read about here Nice read even if you are still a landlubber Hope to read it again at sea to try out the practical advice Warning to reader this book offers very very specific advice about boats and sailing and my review is a bit technical as well so if you are not a sailor you might want to skip thisLin and Larry Pardey have done what not one in 100000 people who own boats have done they built their own boat in the late 70 s and sailed it around the world sans engine than once I believe They ve fetched up hard aground in New Zealand now Larry is now 79 but they still go sailing near their home Much of the advice in the book pertains specifically to wooden boats and since mine is fiberglass like 99% of sailboats today I skimmed or even skipped those parts But Lin Larry make some very good points about many subjects regardless of the material from which your boat is made For example Larry talks about the over reliance of most modern sailors on engines since they didn t have and engine Lin Larry had to know how to sail competently in all situations Lin describes watching a 50 foot ketch motoring in through the breakwater with no sails up and no anchor rigged to drop The engine uit midway in and the skipper did not have time to either raise sail or break out an anchor before the boat was blown onto the rocks I have actually had the experience of having the engine die ust as I entered an inlet and fortunately I had the genoa flying and the winds were not howling so I sailed in and turned onto the ICW but "if I d been entering a marina it would have an emergency stop with the "I d been entering a marina it would have been an emergency stop with if I could do it in time But the Pardey s story made me reconsider my approach to entering marinas and inlets Much of what they say about anchoring is useful today except anchors themselves have improved and no one who can avoid it today uses a CR Full of ideas and wisdom on how to sail in comfort and safety without large cash outlays Every sailor whether or not they plan to sail over the horizon should read the Pardeys This book is what the title says It is the distillation of what the Pa. .
S a Mantis or Rocna But Larry s input about chain "and scope is uite valid I ve heard many sailors say " scope is uite valid I ve heard many sailors say scope is fine Well it s "fine if the wind doesn t get up in the night As Larry says what good "if the wind doesn t get up in the night As Larry says what good a hundred feet of chain do you in the locker Put it out go 51 on scope or if you have it and if you have the room to swing Also check out your neighbors if one boat has nylon rode and
"Another Has Chain All Other "has chain all other being eual anchor downwind from the boat with chain he probably won t drag and the chain will definitely not chafe through on a piece of debris on the bottomLarry also addresses an issue that always comes up on sailor cruiser forums these days guns on the boat His bottom line is if you are so afraid of people in the area you are cruising to that you feel you need a gun don t go there If you are such a fearful person that you think you need a gun to protect yourself in the Abaco out islands stay in the US You are far likely to be robbed while anchored off the coast of Florida than in the Abacos Also if you bring a gun and hide it on the boat and the authorities find it you may well lose your boat and you ll definitely spend some time in prisonThe Pardeys strong advice is to know how to fix everything on your boat yourself This is very good advice The average cruising boat old or new has a reliability record somewhat worse than a Yugo This is the main reason they say over and over keep things simple No engine means no engine repair though that s a little further than I m willing to go But they point out that most boats even ten ton boats can be pushed by 3HP engines ie an outboard This is a point worth considering because once you commit to an inboard diesel you ve committed to a whole lot of maintenance repair fuel conditioning and filtering etc My dad had a 27 foot boat with an outboard and he specifically declined to buy a bigger boat because he did not want to deal with an inboard engine On my boat after the second repair of the traditional marine head I ripped out the head and replaced it with a co. Rdey’s have learned in 150000 miles of sailing on board their two cutters Seraffyn and Taleisin and on scores of other boats they have delivered or raced Lin and Larry tell how they have sailed in comfort and safety without large cash outlay–.