The Cold Hard Facts

Lin and Larry Pardey - The Cold Hard Facts


Born October 31 1939, Victoria, Canada. Raised on Shuswap Lake, Okenagan Valley and in Vancouver. First Boat, Indian dugout canoe, age 9.  First sail boat - self-restored 8' EL TORO pram, age 17. 1st cruising boat - self-restored 20 foot Colin Archer Cutter. 1st racing boat, age 19 - self-restored 27 foot Tumlaren Sloop.  215,000 sea miles.  Larry entered full time care facility due to advancing Parkinson’s Disease and associated dementia, October 2016. Died July 27, 2020 at Blockhouse Bay, Auckland, New Zealand



Born 1944, Detroit, Michigan. Raised in Los Angeles County. Early sailing experience - summer sailing on lakes of Michigan in 14-foot Old Town Sloop until age of 5. Studied accounting and music.  221,000 sea miles. Lin is still voyaging having joined David Haigh an Australian voyager on board his 40 foot Van de Stadt cutter Sahula.


Lin and Larry

Met and became a couple in May, 1965.  Married October 30st 1968.


The Boats in their lives



Lyle Hess designed cutter, styled on lines of Falmouth Working Boats.  Original hull (Renegade) designed in 1954 for Hale Field of Newport Beach as gaff-cutter.  Marconi rig designed for Pardeys in 1964.  Built by Lin and Larry. Launched October 31st, 1968.  Length on deck 24' 7".  Waterline 22' 2" beam 8' 11", draft 4' 8", displacement loaded for cruising 10,686 pounds, sail area - working plan 461 square feet. Construction - mahogany on oak steam bent frames with every third frame sawn.  Solid teak decks, original cost $7,765 U S.Voyaged - 47,000 miles - eleven years, eastward through Mexico, Panama Canal, to Europe and Baltic.  Three years in Mediterranean, south through Red Sea, across Indian Ocean and through China seas to Japan, then Canada and south back to launching port of Newport Beach, California



Designed for Lin and Larry by Lyle C Hess in 1977.  Development of Seraffyn.  Launched 10/ 31/1983.  Length on deck 29' 6”, waterline 27' 6” beam 10' 9", draft 5' 3", displacement for cruising 17,800.  .  Sail area - 740 square feet. Construction - Built by Lin and Larry, teak carvel planking over sawn black locust frames, bronze floors, bronze hanging knees.  Solid teak decks, material cost $US 38,000 (1980 dollars).

Voyaged – 80,000 miles sailing westward from California through Pacific.  Two voyages from New Zealand to Australia and return.  Then through Cook Straits of New Zealand to Sydney, south to Tasmania, westward through Australian bight to Indian Ocean, South Africa, Brazil, Ireland, England, Scotland and Norway. East coast of US, then south to Argentina and westward around Cape Horn across outbound track to complete circumnavigation in 2003, then on to Canada . After spending three seasons exploring the sounds from Desolation sound to Seattle she cruised the west coast of North America then cross the Pacific via the Line Islands, Samoa and Tonga to finish another circumnavigation in New Zealand during 2009. Sailed extensively around Northern New Zealand for another four years. Sold to Eben and Annie Bryns, young New Zealanders, in 2015



              Designed and built in Auckland New Zealand by C and W Bailey, 1895. Gaff cutter, length on deck 37’ beam 7’6” draft.  Ninety-five percent of hull is original. Has been in commission 100 of its 110 years. Purchased 2004 and currently being upgraded cruised and raced at home base in New Zealand during southern summers.  Sailed to second in division, 2005 International Classics Regatta, Auckland. 1st in division 2006 International Classics Regatta, Auckland, 2nd 2008 Anniversary day regatta. With Taleisin back at her home base and needing the one winter mooring we have here, Thelma had some final restoration work completed and was adopted out to Matt Price a skilled wooden boat builder in Wellington, where she races with two other vintage 2-1/2 raters.


              Designed by Nat Herreshoff 1930, built by Cap Cod Shipyards 1994 – 15 feet on deck, used for teaching and pleasure purposes at Kawau Island.



                Steel 40-foot Van de Stadt (designer upgraded his Seal 36 design by adding a 4 foot long lazarette.) Built in Sydney Australia 1991. Owned by Lin’s partner David Haigh, retired Law Lecturer from Townsville, Australia. David sailed into North Cove on the last leg of a ten year circumnavigation. A year later he completed the circumnavigation with Lin on board as crew. After a circumnavigation of the Tasman Sea they are back in New Zealand, preparing to set sail westward again.


Other voyages  

Approximately 60,000 miles of yacht delivery work and racing.  Have made ocean passages on 20 different vessels and raced on many others including 85' Schooner, California to Hawaii and return, 54' Ketch, Palma, Majorca to New Orleans. Fleet Handicap winner, 1974 Round Britain two-handed race, First place, Auckland two-handed series, Millennial cup Classics Fleet, class winner, Lin served as navigator on Seminole in Woodenboat Cup week, Penoscott Bay, Maine. She continues to voyage on board the Australian cutter, Sahula. Since joining Sahula she has voyaged another 15,000 miles including circumnavigating New Zealand, and the Tasman Sea including rounding the southern tip of Tasmania.


Total Sailing Miles

           Larry – 215,000

           Lin – 221,000 as of  July 2022


Home base

Lin - Kawau Island, New Zealand.  Citizens of New Zealand. Larry retained his Canadian citizenship, Lin retains her American citizenship


Current Occupation                         

            Lin, writing, seminars on writing,and  seamanship between voyaging on Sahula


Charitable Works

 Fund raising to assist sailing for people with disabilities including CRAB, BAADS,  Footloose, and New    Zealand Sailablity

Created and continue to support the Larry Pardey Memorial Observatory at Camp Bentzon, Kawau            Island, New Zealand, an outdoor youth education center


Books by Lin and Larry Pardey                                               Videos by Lin and Larry Pardey

Storm Tactics Handbook                                                                       Cruising, hints for improving your boat 

Cruising in Seraffyn                                                                               Voyaging, upgrading your cruising boat

Seraffyn's European Adventure                                                              The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew

Seraffyn's Mediterranean Adventure                                                      Cruising Coral Seas

Seraffyn's Oriental Adventure                                                               Storm Tactics Video

The Self-sufficient Sailor

The Capable Cruiser                                                                   DVDs by Lin and Larry Pardey

The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew                                                  Storm Tactics

Details of Classic Boat Construction - The Hull                                   Get Ready to Cruise

Cost Conscious Cruiser                                                                         Get Ready to Cross Oceans

                                                                                                               Cruising has No Limits

                                                                                                               Cost Control While you Cruise


Books by Lin

            Bull Canyon, A Boatbuilder, a Writer and Other Wildlife                  

Taleisin’s Tales, Sailing towards the Southern Cross                              



Articles by Lin and Larry have appeared in

Sail Magazine, Cruising World, Woodenboat, Good Old Boat, Classic Boat UK, Yachting Monthly UK, Practical Boat Owner UK, South African Yachting, Cruising Helmsman - Australia, Australian Boating, Amateur Boatbuilder - Australia, Das Boot - Germany, Brazilian Sailing, Yacht – Germany, New Zealand Yachting, Sea Spray New Zealand. Pacific Yachting, Canada



Have sailed the smallest boat to have circumnavigated contrary to the prevailing winds around the great southern capes. Only couple to have circumnavigated both east-about and west about on boats they built them selves, using traditional means of navigation, and having no engine nor sponsorship.                   



          West Vancouver Yacht club, junior member of the year - Larry

Mauritanian Legion of Honour, as Captain of first American team to sail across the Sahara Desert in a land yacht,1966. - Larry

Cruising Sailors to contribute most to the sport of Sailing - voted by readers of Sail Magazine 1990.

International Oceanic Award - presented by Royal Institute of Navigation sponsored by Little Ship Club 1996 - in recognition of Larry's voyaging using traditional methods of navigation.

Ocean Cruising Club Award - for contributions to Seamanship for small boat sailing.  Presented to Lin Pardey 1996.

Geoff Pac Memorial Award- to both Lin and Larry for fostering and encouraging ocean cruising in small yachts

Cruising World Hall of Fame-2000

Ocean Cruising Club Merit Award –To Lin and Larry for inspiring voyages including a west-about rounding of Cape Horn

Seven Seas Cruising Club Service Award – To Lin and Larry for their lifetime voyaging

achievements 2004

Cruising Club of America Far Horizons Award- To Lin and Larry for life time achievements and contributions to seamanship 2009

Sail Magazines Top 40 Sailors who made a Difference – 2010 -As America’s first couple of cruising, Lin and Larry have inspired countless sailors.

Yachting Monthly 2012 -Only Non-British sailors listed among 25 Cruising Heroes

Indie Book Award – Lin for Bull Canyon; Finalist – General Non-Fiction, also finalist, Memoirs

WILLA Literary Award 2012- Lin, for Bull Canyon: Finalist – Literary Non-fiction

SSCA Award 2015– in recognition of a deep commitment to good seamanship and an understanding of their ship and the environment.

BoatUS – Leaders and Legends 2016 – Named among 50 people who made a difference to the world of boating.

Ocean Cruising Club – Lifetime achievement award 2019

National Sailing Hall of Fame – Class of 2022




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