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

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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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Happy Valentines Day!

You could give flowers, which will die in a few days . . .

Or you can give your sweetheart the gift of adventure, which will last in memory for years.

Share an audio adventure and enjoy a great story together, while curled up together by the fire!

About Tightwads on the Loose:

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.”

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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.

Want a free Audio book? 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.

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Sea Trials Reviewed in Good Old Boat

Review in Good Old Boat by David McDaniel

Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire is a real rattlesnake of a tale chronicling the adventures, and misadventures of the Wilcox family as they sail their way around the world in the early 70s. Leaving a comfortable home behind, the family makes their way out of San Francisco Bay aboard their 40-foot wooden sailboat, Vela, bound for Hawaii and all points beyond. And who better to pen the Wilcox’s story than Wendy Hinman, now spouse of Garth Wilcox, who later relived a similar voyage with Garth aboard a 31-footer? Considering her intimate connection, the story of the Wilcox’s circumnavigation surely took form for the author via bits and pieces related by each family member over time – especially by Garth, the one participant for whom the family’s adventure ultimately rang loudest.

What results is this fine tale of a close-knit family who chose to challenge the status quo by seeking a lifestyle different from the nine-to-five hum-drum for which so many others trade dreams. Chuck and Dawn’s disillusionment with their slice of American pie, combined with Chuck’s love of sailing and Dawn’s thirst for experiencing the world firsthand with their two children, Garth and Linda, fueled their sailing adventure. On their way to Hawaii, the voyaging neophytes manage well and gain valuable blue-water experience that they rely upon throughout their rollercoaster-ride around the world.

Hinman’s storytelling does well to connect her reader to the family’s journey – the ups and downs of sailing on a big ocean (of which there are plenty), the trials of negotiating unfamiliar cultures across a variety of countries as they follow their route, the confined quality of life for four people aboard a small yacht with only one partially-operating head. The Wilcox’s story is both fulfilling and heartbreaking. One cannot help but become emotionally enthralled by this endeavoring group as they take their knocks and reap the rewards from a life hard-earned in an unforgiving environment.

The apex of the tale for the reader is ironically the lowest point of the journey for the intrepid family, as they find themselves unimaginably shipwrecked on a deserted island in the South Pacific. Just surviving the ordeal was astonishing. That they picked themselves up and literally dusted themselves off to continue voyaging is a testament to their wherewithal, resourcefulness, and determination, if not naiveté. What better qualities are needed for luring a reader into a great tale?

David McDaniel grew up in Florida, swimming and fishing from his family’s Boston Whaler in the warm coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Once surfing grabbed his attention, he learned to sail a Hobie 16, the perfect vehicle for finding surf breaks on secluded barrier islands (and for learning valuable sailing lessons he’s retained to this day). David currently lives in Southern California with his wife, Minyoung, and two stoked children, sharing his love of the water with them. The family races their Sabot and Lido 14 in Marina del Rey and regularly crews on a variety of sailboats as they chase adventures across Santa Monica Bay and points beyond.

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Wendy Hinman at Seattle Boat Show 2020

It’s that time of year once again for the Seattle Boat Show. It’s a time when I love to share what I’ve learned and the wonderful adventures I’ve been lucky enough to have with other boaters who are planning their adventures. It’s also a time to reconnect with old boating friends.

Now’s the time to plan your visit. I’ll be presenting as follows:

I’ll also be leading a panel on preparing for Offshore Cruising.

When I’m not in the seminar room presenting, I’ll be signing books at the Captains Nautical Supply booth up on the concourse. I hope to see you there!

Wendy in Foulies, photo by Lee Youngblood

photo by Lee Youngblood

Don’t miss all the other great presentations. It’s one of the best parts of the show, Here’s the full seminar schedule:
https://seattleboatshow.com/seminars/

Buy tickets here: https://seattleboatshow.com/

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