Fantastic introduction to the world's first BCC. Heaps of great tips about sailing a BCC, and sailing in general. A must-have on any fanatic's bookshelf.
Second in the Seraffyn series. Charts Lin and Larry's progress through Europe (unsurprisingly). Features some great tips, as well as the usual travel stories and inspiration to get you out in your BCC exploring the world.
Third book in the Seraffyn series, and one of my faves. A great mixture of relaxed storytelling and sailing anecdotes, this book is an enjoyable read. Has the usual tips accumulated by Lin and Larry over the years. Updated version.
Last in the Seraffyn series, completes the Pardey's circumnavigation over (a very leisurely) 8 years. Either makes you very jealous (in a nice way) or motivates you to get out there !!
Written many years after the Seraffyn series, this book charts the wanderings of big sister, Taleisin. Has the Pardey's usual great, informal travel writing style, plus the usual tips and tricks.
Highly acclaimed title for any serious BCC enthusiast. Detailing the ancient magic trick of heaving-to amongst other storm tactics, this vital book explains how to survive storms and even get some sleep whilst their raging!
An incredibly detailed guide for building a wooden BCC (29' 9") hull from scratch. Amazing amount of valuable information and insight from Larry Pardey, makes it a must have not just for builders but for those who want to understand their boat better.
I found this to be a very useful addition to the boat's library with great info on bowsprits and anchoring. I find myself continually referring back to it. Perhaps slightly dated now but still recommended.
I've got this book in Kindle format on my iPad and have been impressed. I particularly liked the sections on bonneted jibs, anchoring, and light air performance.
Another great, sensible book by the Pardey's. For me, the sections on abandon ship kits, mainsails, spinnaker poles and anchoring were very useful - but each to your own I guess! Great value on Kindle too (the Kindle viewer is available as a free app for iPads BTW)
This interesting book is set out as a diary for a 46 day passage, with a topic per day. As it says in the title it covers everything that's not boat specific from catching rainwater to refrigerating on passages. Well worth a read.
I couldn't put this book down. It's actually almost 100 years old but a brilliant, exciting read. Not for the faint hearted but somehow Jonny leaves you thinking you can sail to Tonga too.
Shit, that's it. Pack the boat darling, we're leaving for Tonga!! Highly recommended.
I bought this book years ago, and it's an absolute classic for those of us who want to make our funds go as far as possible - so we can exp[lore for as long as possible. Usual sailing rig but full of great ideas.
Another book I bought years ago but still well worth a read. Great for Bluewater cruising but perhaps less focused on money than Annie's book.
OK... so this book has absolutely nothing to do with sailing but it's still one of the best travel books I've ever read (many times now). Brilliantly written, un-put-downable and a huge inspiration to all that read it. Read it, then go explore the world - by motorbike or boat... who cares!!
I'm halfway through this book at the moment and was quite engaged in the history section that explains how navigation evolved through various cultures. Can't give a full review but wish I had more time to finish it
This is a fantastic little pocket book filled with great piccies of weather. Sounds a bit childish but it's anything but. Provides amazingly accurate understanding of incoming weather based on observations. Recommended.
Not read this one yet, although we think it's important to have it on our bucket list in today's tech focused world. What happens when your electronics give up the ghost miles from anywhere. Reach for that sextant... and this book.
This is a brilliant resource for anyone mad on BCCs. I've spent hours pouring over these videos - not just for the gems on wisdom (the compliment the Pardey's books very well) but for invaluable footage of how one of the world's most famous Bristol Channel Cutter has been set up for multiple circumnavigations.
Lin and Larry Pardey's Off-Shore Sailing Series is a collection of 5 videos about the skills required to become a safe and confident blue water sailor.
It is available on DVD (See below) but I bought the version you can download for offline viewing - and it's brilliant on my iPad. You can also stream the episodes online anytime, anywhere if you have an Internet connection (but downloading for offline use makes much more sense). You can also rent or buy individual episodes.
As above but on DVD
This episode on DVD
This episode on DVD
This episode on DVD but please note that half the film details Lin and Larry's trip in a 4x4 through Africa.