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.
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By SteveP09 on 31-10-16
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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By Jeanne D'Arcy on 09-05-14
splendidly written, beautifully narated
What made the experience of listening to As Long as It's Fun, the Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey the most enjoyable?
The narrator has a natural talent - great delivery. And the storytelling from the writer is first-rate.
Which scene was your favorite?
The sections describing their earliest voyages.
Any additional comments?
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 27-02-18
This is about a couple’s life with lots of details of their income and endeavors, but very little of sailing adventures. I found myself skipping through chapters and finally giving up not finishing it. Extremely boring.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful