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Lin and Larry



The Pardeys have been called “America’s First Couple of Cruising”. Together, Lin and Larry sailed over 200,000 miles, including two circumnavigations east to west and west to east aboard self-built, wooden, engine-free cutters under 30 feet. Co-authors of a dozen books, many magazine articles, and co-creators of five cruising documentaries, Lin and Larry have shared their knowledge and experience with thousands of sailors around the world.

Larry passed in 2020. New York Times obituary: LarryPardey_NYT_obituary


Accomplishments and Honors

Year(s) Honor
2016 BoatUS: Leaders and Legends, named among 50 people who made a difference to the world of boating
2015 Seven Seas Cruising Association: SSCA Award for contributions to the sailing community
2012 Yachting Monthly: 25 Cruising Heroes
2010 SAIL Magazine: Top 40 Sailors Who Made a Difference
2009 Cruising Club of America: CCA Far Horizons Award for lifetime achievements and contributions to seamanship
2004 Seven Seas Cruising Club: SSCC Service Award for lifetime voyaging achievements
2003 Ocean Cruising Club: OCC Merit Award for inspiring voyages, including a west-about rounding of Cape Horn
2001, 1998 Geoff Pac Memorial Award for fostering and encouraging ocean cruising in small yachts
2000 Cruising World Hall of Fame
1996 Ocean Cruising Club Award for contributions to Seamanship (Lin)
1996 Royal Institute of Navigation: International Oceanic Award (presented to Larry by the Princess Royal, Princess Anne)
1995 Royal Institute of Navigation: International Oceanic Award in recognition of the use of traditional navigational methods (Larry)
1990 SAIL Magazine: voted Cruising Sailors to Contribute the Most to the Sport (Voted by readers of SAIL Magazine)
1978 West Vancouver Yacht Club: Outstanding Sailor of the Year (Larry)
1967 French Sailing Federation – Silver medal, Land yachting (Larry)
1967 Mauritanian Legion of Honour: as Captain of first American team to sail across the Sahara Desert in a l and yacht (Larry)


  • Cruising inSeraffyn
  • Seraffyn’s European Adventure
  • Seraffyn’s Mediterranean Adventure
  • Seraffyn’s Oriental Adventure
  • Storm Tactics Handbook
  • The Cost-Conscious Cruiser
  • The Self-Sufficient Sailor
  • The Capable Cruiser
  • The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew
  • Details of Classic Boat Construction: The Hull
  • Bull Canyon, a Boatbuilder, a Writer and Other Wildlife – Willa Cather Literary Award, Creative non-fiction 2012 – finalist Indie Book Awards – General Non-Fiction, also Memoirs
  • Taleisin’s Tales, cruising towards the Southern Cross

VHS Tapes and DVDs

  • Cruising Coral Seas
  • Cruising with Lin and Larry Pardey
  • Voyaging with Lin and Larry Pardey
  • The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew
  • Storm Tactics
  • Cruising Has No Limits 
  • Get Ready to Cruise
  • Get Ready to Cross Oceans
  • Storm Tactics
  • Cost control While You Cruise


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