The Virtual Wooden Boat Festival Continues into October

Virtual Wooden Boat Festival Delivers Inspiration, Entertainment and Connection

Creativity and resilience brought a new vision for a well-loved event from idea to reality. And it was awesome.

From my 48North Magazine article about it:

“It would be one big experiment. Never been done before. But, hey … why not?

When the pandemic hit, it soon became clear that hosting a festival that brings 30,000 people from all over the country—globe, even—might not be a good idea. Left and right, event cancellations proliferated while cases spiked and the deadly risks of Covid-19 became evident.

Leave it to the brilliant creators of the wildly successful Race to Alaska (R2AK) to come up with innovative solutions. No doubt sparked by the crazy antics and clever ideas that flooded YouTube the first month of the pandemic lockdown, they thought, why not harness frustrated energy into a festival that captured the spirit and stories of a typical WBF in a fun format could be enjoyed from anywhere? I can hear the gears turning in their minds (perhaps after a beer or two):

We’ve got all these ridiculously talented folks, proud of their boats to the point of insanity and driving themselves batty to get the varnish perfect so they can strut like peacocks for four days. Why don’t we funnel this unhealthy proclivity to fuel more potential insanity—like we’ve always done? We just need to do it with physical distancing.

The reply:

Yeah! What could be a better method of physical distancing than to deliver direct to their eyeballs through their computer screens? After all, haven’t we already witnessed addiction to the race tracker?

More beers and more brainstorming followed; they threw down the dice and gave it a gamble. … ” <MORE>

It was wildly successful.

And you can still enjoy all this great content until October 19th.

Here’s a link to the rest of an article I wrote about the Virtual Wooden Boat festival for 48North Magazine: https://48north.com/news/events-coverage/virtual-wooden-boat-festival-delivers-inspiration-entertainment-and-connection/

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Sharing our Boat Building Project at the 2020 Virtual Wooden Boat Festival


It’s exciting to be part of the Wooden Boat Festival tradition.
This year the Virtual Wooden Boat Festival is different than the live festival, but full of fascinating content. So many interesting talks, movies, video tours of boats and boat shops, and more from far and wide. The virtual version offers unique opportunities to see boats, boatbuilders, museums, and projects from all over the world. You can enjoy much of it until October 19th. Tickets at https://virtualwbf.org/

Garth Wilcox and I hosted a Zoom Room on Saturday September 12th to share the latest from our boat building project.

We shared photos of our boat building adventures with details about Garth Wilcox’s design and this construction of the 38-foot wooden sailboat with a lifting keel and rudder that he’s envisioned. Unfortunately our session wasn’t recorded. For those who missed it, there is a link to unnarrated slides from our show: An overview of the design and construction of Garth Wilcoxs’ Geedub38, a 38-foot plywood cruising boat with a lifting keel and rudder.  (Construction progress as of August 2020. Keep in mind, this is a work in progress and, since we work on it every day, these photos are already out of date.)

Don’t miss all the other great events which you can still see if you hurry. Below are a few highlights. Some of my old talks on our voyages and panel discussions (and designer panels that Garth Wilcox has also participated in) can be watched at anytime. Most are available via links on the Adventure Stage.

Here’s an article I wrote about the festival for 48North Magazine: https://48north.com/news/events-coverage/virtual-wooden-boat-festival-delivers-inspiration-entertainment-and-connection/

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Rave review for audiobook Tightwads on the Loose

“In her first book, Tightwads on the Loose, author Wendy Hinman tells us the story of an amazingly funny journey that she embarked on with her husband without any of them knowing that it will result in a Seven Year Pacific Odyssey.

Tightwads on the Loose is extremely amusing, written brilliantly with a sense of humor and from the author’s heart, with inspired chapter names that will give a hint of things to come. After the necessary introductions are made, the listener is pulled into an adventure that will take him to exotic locations, vividly described with color and insight.

I don’t want to give away any of the story as I hate spoilers, but I’ll say that I enjoyed Wendy and Garth’s adventures tremendously, cheering them on forward, feeling their pain and understanding their confusion when they heard on the radio about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center… From the first time they cast off, to the moment they return to the United States in a post-9/11 World, the events in Tightwads on the Loose are worthy of a travel TV Series.

I can’t think of a better actor than who could have brought this story and characters to life. She reads with eagerness, passion and comedic talent, infusing every moment with emotions and a sense of urgency. She is perfect for Tightwads on the Loose as she is blessed to be able to reach a large range of voices and accents. This way, the listener is completely immersed into this thrilling adventure.

Tightwads on the Loose is a perfect opportunity for those looking for a good book that blends travel with adventure to learn about distant parts of the World and about how a couple’s love for the sea transformed into the journey of their lifetime.

If you are still staying inside to protect yourself and your family, Tightwads on the Loose will compress seven years of adventure on the high seas into 12 hours of entertainment.

I hope to see Wendy’s second book released in audiobook format as soon as possible.”

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In her first book, Tightwads on the Loose, author Wendy Hinman tells us the story of an amazingly funny journey that she embarked on with her husband without any of them knowing that it will result in a Seven Year Pacific Odyssey.

Tightwads on the Loose is extremely amusing, written brilliantly with a sense of humor and from the author’s heart, with inspired chapter names that will give a hint of things to come. After the necessary introductions are made, the listener is pulled into an adventure that will take him to exotic locations, vividly described with color and insight.

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Attention Book Reviewers and Librarians NEW AUDIOBOOK FOR REVIEW

Tightwads on the Loose is now available for request via #Netgalley


#TightwadsontheLoose

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/199247

Tightwads on the Loose tells the amusing story of Wendy and Garth, who set sail on an open-ended voyage, never imagining they’d be gone seven years or cover 34,000 miles at the pace of a fast walk. They live without most “necessities” and learn that teamwork and a sense of humor matter most as they face endless “character-building opportunities.”

Tightwads on the Loose offers a fun read to the armchair adventurer — or anyone afflicted with wanderlust.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy this 5 star read. Request it here.

“Tightwads on the Loose is extremely amusing, written brilliantly with a sense of humor and from the author’s heart, with inspired chapter names that will give a hint of things to come. After the necessary introductions are made, the listener is pulled into an adventure that will take him to exotic locations, vividly described with color and insight.” AudiobookBlog (Read the full review here.)

Readers have enjoyed this story for years in paperback and as an eBook and it has been a consistently strong seller. It has garnered rave reviews from many readers and been named a best book multiple times. Now those who prefer to hear a story with their ears rather than take it in through tired eyes can also enjoy it. As children, we loved when someone read us a story. Why not enjoy the same means of opening our imaginations as adults?

Author Wendy Hinman is excited to share her phenomenal story through audio, thanks to the incredible storytelling talents of our narrator, Robin Karno. Robin’s enthusiasm and excitement has made the process of bringing this story alive so much fun. Not only has she been a fabulous collaborator, she has a pleasing voice, great comedic timing, and a talent for capturing the flavor of the voyage and the accents of the cultures that this traveling duo visit in their 34,000-mile journey around the Pacific aboard a small sailboat.
Now the whole family can listen to this engaging, award-winning story of travel adventures with Wendy and Garth.

Listen to a sample audio clip of Tightwads on the Loose, narrated by Robin Karno, for a taste of our first experience venturing offshore at the start of what became a 7-year pacific odyssey. Breaking in a rookie.

Here’s another audio clip of a close encounter with a ship off the coast of Mexico. Narrated by Robin Karno: (Mexico_Ship_Encounter_scaryclose_clip)

Another audio clip of Adventures Hiking in Hong Kong. Narrated by Robin Karno.

*The Tightwads on the Loose audiobook is available for purchase through most audiobook retailers, including: (*subject to change without notice.)

Audiobooks.com
Audible
Amazon (digital)
Chirp
iTunes
Nook Audiobooks (Barnes & Noble)
Downpour
eMusic eStories
Findaway
Hoopla
Overdrive
Bibliotheca + 3M
Playster
Baker & Taylor Audiobookstore
Libro.FM
TuneIn
StoryTel
Mofibo
AudiobooksNow
Scribd
Follett
Hummingbird Media
The Audiobook Store
3 Leaf Group
Audiobooks NZ
Audiomol
Beek
BookMate
EBSCO Information Services
eStories
Google
Kobo
Mackin Educational
Odilo
Permabound
Wheelers Book Club Limited

Relax and listen to the story unfold as many times as you wish!

#librarians

#bookreviewers

#goodreads

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Making the Best of Quarantine Life

In keeping with the saying “when life gives you lemons …,” we need to make the best of the forced COVID19 quarantine. Besides, isn’t boating all about adjusting to plan B or C? We may not be able to change the direction of the wind, but we can usually adjust our sails … and our attitudes. Offshore, it’s often the only option.

Innovation is essential: In a remote anchorage in Vanuatu, on the fly we built a sailing rig for our dinghy using two oars lashed together for a mast and an old awning for a sail; in the Solomon Islands, when a voltage spike fried our electronics, we gerry-rigged a borrowed depth sounder using PVC pipe and a broom handle and sailed on to Kiribati; in Kwajalein, we built a hard dodger from Styrofoam packaging material and sealed it with fiberglass. Creativity is a survival tactic many sailors know well. During a race to Macau, when our traveler blew into pieces, we convinced our crew not to abandon race, re-rigged around the broken block, and carried on.

The Corona virus pandemic is another situation forcing us to change course. For us, it’s been a chance to catch up on boatbuilding projects.

Here’s an article in Latitude 38 Magazine’s July 2020 issue about making progress on our boatbuilding project now that we have NO EXCUSES. Read the full article beginning on page 89. https://www.latitude38.com/issues/july-2020/

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Happy Father’s Day!

Share an adventure with dad! #fathersdaygifts

In honor of Fathers Day, here’s an audio clip of fun with my dad when we visited Tinian together, excerpted from my book Tightwads on the Loose, narrated by Robin Karno. Visiting Tinian with Dad

Another clip of  times when my dad came to visit us while we were sailing in Mexico. Dad visits in Mexico

Another clip of  times when my dad came to visit while we were sailing in New Zealand during the America’s Cup in 2003. Dad visits New Zealand

Give him an audiobook! Here’s one!

Tightwads on the Loosetells the story of Wendy and Garth, lured to sea by the promise of adventure. They buy a 31-foot boat that fits their budget better than it fits Garth’s large frame and set sail for an open-ended voyage, never imagining they’d be gone seven years, or cover 34,000 miles at the pace of a fast walk. They live without most “necessities” and learn that teamwork and a sense of humor matter most as they face endless “character-building opportunities.”

Tightwads on the Loose offers a fun read to the armchair adventurer — or anyone afflicted with wanderlust.

More audioclips:

Listen to a sample audio clip of Tightwads on the Loose, narrated by Robin Karno, for a taste of our first experience venturing offshore at the start of what became a 7-year pacific odyssey. Breaking in a rookie.

Here’s another audio clip of a close encounter with a ship off the coast of Mexico. Narrated by Robin Karno: (Mexico_Ship_Encounter_scaryclose_clip)

Another audio clip of Adventures Hiking in Hong Kong. Narrated by Robin Karno.

*The Tightwads on the Loose audiobook will be available for purchase through most audiobook retailers, including: (*subject to change without notice.)

Here’s where you can find it:

Audiobooks.com
Audible
Amazon (digital)
Chirp
iTunes
Nook Audiobooks (Barnes & Noble)
Downpour
eMusic eStories
Findaway
Hoopla
Overdrive
Bibliotheca + 3M
Playster
Baker & Taylor Audiobookstore
Libro.FM
TuneIn
StoryTel
Mofibo
AudiobooksNow
Scribd
Follett
Hummingbird Media
The Audiobook Store
3 Leaf Group
Audiobooks NZ
Audiomol
Beek
BookMate
EBSCO Information Services
eStories
Google
Kobo
Mackin Educational
Odilo
Permabound
Wheelers Book Club Limited

Once you pick up a copy, you can relax and listen to the story unfold as many times as you wish!

http://wendyhinman.com/2019/11/21/tightwads-on-the-loose-in-audio/

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No excuses: Boatbuilding Under Quarantine

When you have dirty N95 masks, a goal, and time on your hands …

Quarantine Life

In keeping with the saying “when life gives you lemons . . . ,” we need to make the best of the forced COVID-19 quarantine. Besides, boating is all about switching to plan B or C, isn’t it?

For those of us lucky enough to be both economically and physically OK during these strange times, social distancing offers an opportunity to do the things we’ve been meaning to do. For some it’s learning Spanish or cleaning closets. For my husband and me, who are building a boat together, there are fewer temptations to lure us away from the boatshed.  [More ...]

#boatbuilding
#QuarantineLife #sailing
#StayAtHome #chill
#StayHomeSaveLives
#goals #goalsathome #GoalSetting

Read more in Points East Magazine online.

(https://www.pointseast.com/no-excuses-boatbuilding-under-quarantine/)

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Support local bookstores and your favorite authors through Libro.fm

Did you know you could get #audiobooks from your favorite local bookstore? You can! Through Libro.fm.

https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9780984835027

Tightwads on the Loose by Wendy Hinman

Tightwads on the Loose by Wendy Hinman

Everyone dreams of tropical escape. But what happens when you escape for too long? Imagine spending 24 hours a day with your spouse in 31 not-so-square feet . . . for years; crossing the Pacific Ocean on two gallons of fuel; and tossing spaghetti marinara around your living room, then cleaning it up while bouncing like ice in a martini shaker. Tightwads on the Loose tells the story of Wendy and Garth, lured to sea by the promise of adventure. They buy a 31-foot boat that fits their budget better than it fits Garth’s large frame and set sail for an open-ended voyage, never imagining they’d be gone seven years, or cover 34,000 miles at the pace of a fast walk. They live without most “necessities” and learn that teamwork and a sense of humor matter most as they face endless “character-building opportunities.” They make a long-anticipated visit to the island where Garth had been shipwrecked as a teenager, only to find it had become a penal colony. An electronic catastrophe in the Solomon Islands leaves them without navigation equipment, which forces them to trade their free-wheeling lifestyle for one that seems straight out of a ’60s sitcom: jobs at a U.S. Army base in the Marshall Islands. In Asia, they dodge typhoons and ships that threaten to turn their home into kindling. Finally they endure a grueling 49-day nonstop ocean crossing. None of this prepares them for their arrival “home” to a post-9/11 America which leaves them wondering what had changed more, them or the world.

Tightwads on the Loose offers a fun read to the armchair adventurer — or anyone afflicted with wanderlust.

You can sample a clip from this audiobook about Wendy’s first few experiences offshore: Breaking in a rookie.

Here’s a link to another audio clip of a close encounter with a ship off the coast of Mexico. (http://wendyhinman.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Mexico_Ship_Encounter_scaryclose_clip.mp3)

Enjoy the rest of this audio book by buying a copy today.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here are some memories of sailing in Mexico.

Here’s a clip from the audiobook,  Tightwads on the Loose by Wendy Hinman, about a close encounter with a ship off the coast of Mexico.

Tightwads on the Loose by Wendy HinmanTightwads on the Loose by Wendy Hinman

Everyone dreams of tropical escape. But what happens when you escape for too long? Imagine spending 24 hours a day with your spouse in 31 not-so-square feet . . . for years; crossing the Pacific Ocean on two gallons of fuel; and tossing spaghetti marinara around your living room, then cleaning it up while bouncing like ice in a martini shaker. Tightwads on the Loose tells the story of Wendy and Garth, lured to sea by the promise of adventure. They buy a 31-foot boat that fits their budget better than it fits Garth’s large frame and set sail for an open-ended voyage, never imagining they’d be gone seven years, or cover 34,000 miles at the pace of a fast walk. They live without most “necessities” and learn that teamwork and a sense of humor matter most as they face endless “character-building opportunities.” They make a long-anticipated visit to the island where Garth had been shipwrecked as a teenager, only to find it had become a penal colony. An electronic catastrophe in the Solomon Islands leaves them without navigation equipment, which forces them to trade their free-wheeling lifestyle for one that seems straight out of a ’60s sitcom: jobs at a U.S. Army base in the Marshall Islands. In Asia, they dodge typhoons and ships that threaten to turn their home into kindling. Finally they endure a grueling 49-day nonstop ocean crossing. None of this prepares them for their arrival “home” to a post-9/11 America which leaves them wondering what had changed more, them or the world.

Tightwads on the Loose offers a fun read to the armchair adventurer — or anyone afflicted with wanderlust.

You can sample a clip from this audiobook about Wendy’s first few experiences offshore: Breaking in a rookie.

Here’s a link to another audio clip of a close encounter with a ship off the coast of Mexico. (http://wendyhinman.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Mexico_Ship_Encounter_scaryclose_clip.mp3)

Enjoy the rest of this audio book by buying a copy today through Libro.fm or through Audible.

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Get a Free Audio Version of Tightwads on the Loose!

Have you ever been curious about audio books? Here’s your chance to experience the joys of reading during your commute or while you are folding laundry. You could even enjoy listening to a book WITH friends and family and experience it together, starting with a great book, Tightwads on the Loose.

About Tightwads on the Loose by Wendy Hinman:

Everyone dreams of tropical escape. But what happens when you escape for too long?

Imagine spending 24 hours a day with your spouse in 31 not-so-square feet . . . for years; crossing the Pacific Ocean on two gallons of fuel; and tossing spaghetti marinara around your living room, then cleaning it up while bouncing like ice in a martini shaker. Tightwads on the Loose tells the story of Wendy and Garth, lured to sea by the promise of adventure. They buy a 31-foot boat that fits their budget better than it fits Garth’s large frame and set sail for an open-ended voyage, never imagining they’d be gone seven years, or cover 34,000 miles at the pace of a fast walk.

They live without most “necessities” and learn that teamwork and a sense of humor matter most as they face endless “character-building opportunities.” They make a long-anticipated visit to the island where Garth had been shipwrecked as a teenager, only to find it had become a penal colony. An electronic catastrophe in the Solomon Islands leaves them without navigation equipment, which forces them to trade their free-wheeling lifestyle for one that seems straight out of a ’60s sitcom: jobs at a U.S. Army base in the Marshall Islands. In Asia, they dodge typhoons and ships that threaten to turn their home into kindling. Finally they endure a grueling 49-day nonstop ocean crossing. None of this prepares them for their arrival “home” to a post-9/11 America which leaves them wondering what had changed more, them or the world.

Tightwads on the Loose offers a fun read to the armchair adventurer — or anyone afflicted with wanderlust.

You can enjoy Tightwads on the Loose for free if you sign up for Audible today. Through Audible you can listen to all sorts of great books, including Tightwads on the Loose. . Extend your love of books to audio and discover many more great reads.

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