The cruising tale is full of the sights and sounds, the fragrances and native customs of foreign lands, especially Central American and the Caribbean. It is a story of a leisurely sail through the Gulf of Cortez and on through Panama Canal to the Azores and England. Cruising in Seraffyn is also a carefully thought out guide to living aboard a small boat, with fun and economy as the guiding principles. Four appendices provide data that is vital for anyone comtemplating long-distance cruising.
©2001 Lin and Larry Pardey (P)2014 New Street Communications, LLC
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"Still Relevant After Forty Years"
The Pardey's, cruising legends who inspired countless others, write in a simple, light straight forward way that makes for enjoyable reading and/or listening - especially with Kitty Hendrix's excellent narration. Though the book recounts their adventures in the late sixties and early seventies, it still has some application to cruising today. Communities have changed, prices have changed, seas have become more crowded, but the joys and struggles of a couple working their way slowly and carefully from California to England still resonates. Especially in the appendixes, the Pardey's enumerate the very practical points to consider if one is interested in a life of cruising. Updated to the early 2000's, they bring to bear the results of surveying other world cruisers and present hard cold facts for a potential cruiser / sailor to consider before pulling anchor. It makes you take seriously their "motto": Go Simple, Go Small, Go Now.
"An Incredible Journey"
Cruising in Seraffyn is one of my favorite audiobooks. Lin and Larry Pardey set sail to cruise the Caribbean on their 24 1/2 foot self-built baby, Seraffyn. I say “baby” because Seraffyn was their baby. She was their home. Listening to this book made me feel as if I were right there with them. I could feel the excitement in all the prep work as they were getting ready for their first cruise to Mexico, Central America, and Panama,
When they set sail it was truly an amazing event. All the details they describe are not only fascinating but make me want to go sailing. I love the sea. The smells, the sights, the sounds.
Kitty Hendrix is my favorite voice actor. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to other work she’s voices and it’s always to perfection. She speaks very clearly and has just the right voice inflections and makes you feel like you’re right there. She has a smooth, even tone with great control. I look forward to listening to more of her work in the future. I highly recommend listening to this audiobook. It was exciting and breathtaking.
"An old friend re-invented"
This is the book that first got me into sailing years ago. I'm pleased to rediscover an old friend in the guise of this new audio edition. The narrator does an artful job, and the Pardeys' voices ring loud and clear. Ideal for listening while on midnight watch on the way to Bermuda, or in the car on the way to the gym. Tres cool.
Ms. Hendrix is a first-rate narrator - ingratiating, subtle, easy to listen to.
"Must" reading - or "listening" - for any and all serious (or would-be serious) cruising sailors.
"Fun but out of date to be of value"
A great tale about bygone times. Going through the Panama Canal then was under ten bucks, today our boat cost $1800. The friendliness, so much a part of this tale, has long since gone and who can blame the islanders. Today you have to be very careful traveling the world albeit nothing has changed in terms of dealing with the weather. Kitty gives a great read so all power to her. If you just like sea tales then fine but it has almost no value these days in terms of cruising.
"How could I not take up cruising!?"
I can hardly wait to start their next book!
Fun fact: Listening to As Long As It's Fun first, frames the books the Pardeys composed themselves. Reading their self authored books now is like rejoining old friends. If I wasn't flying The Whale, I'd have to quit work and "go now"!
"Good book ruined by really poor narration"
It is a real shame that Audible can't be bothered to work with "authors" to maintain standards. This book is so badly read that it makes a story that would be worth hearing impossible to listen to.
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