Sea Trials coming soon in Audiobook Format


Enjoy Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire in Audiobook, narrated by award-winning narrator Eric G. Dove*. The entire family can listen to this epic tale together.

About the Book:

A shipwreck might end a dream of circumnavigating the globe. Not for the Wilcox family.

In 1973, the Wilcox family sets off to sail around the world aboard the 40-foot sailboat, Vela. Thirteen months later, they are shipwrecked on a coral reef, with surf tearing a huge hole into the side of their boat. With years invested in saving money, preparing the boat, and learning to navigate by the stars, parents Chuck and Dawn refuse to give up. Fourteen-year-old Garth is determined to continue, while 11-year-old Linda never wanted to go in the first place. Can they overcome the emotional, physical, and financial challenges to transform from castaways into circumnavigators?

To triumph, they must rebuild their boat on a remote Pacific island. Damage sustained on the reef and a lack of resources haunt them the rest of the way around the world as they face daunting obstacles, including wild weather, pirates, gun boats, mines, and thieves, plus pesky bureaucrats and cockroaches as stubborn as the family. Without a working engine and no way to communicate with the outside world, they struggle to reach home before their broken rig comes crashing down and they run out of food in a trial that tests them to their limits.

Sea Trials by Wendy Hinman has been named a Kirkus best book, a Foreword Reviews best book, and a Readers Favorite.

About the Author:

Wendy Hinman is an adventurer, speaker, and the award-winning author of two books: Tightwads on the Loose and Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire. Tightwads on the Loose tells the story of her 34,000-mile voyage aboard a 31-foot sailboat with her husband. It has been called a “cult classic,” admired for its unaffected style and refreshing humor, and named a Readers Favorite. Sea Trials details the harrowing round-the-world voyage of a family who must overcome a shipwreck, gun boats, mines, thieves, scurvy and hunger to achieve their dream. It’s a timeless story of grit and resilience. Sea Trials was named a Kirkus best book as well as a Foreword Review best book. As the Kirkus starred review describes, “her engaging narrative succeeds in capturing the thrills and frustrations of this intrepid family. Taking in remarkably far-flung destinations such as Christmas Island and the New Hebrides, this exhilarating book should appeal to any would-be explorer. Highly readable and sufficiently evocative to sense the scent of sea air in the pages.” Read the full Kirkus review here: (

Hinman is a sought-after speaker who gives entertaining presentations throughout the country at libraries, community centers, and private clubs (as well as online). She writes articles for a variety of publications and reviews books for Foreword Reviews Magazine.  She is currently at work on a historical novel. For more information, please visit:

About the Narrator:

*Eric Dove is an award-winning narrator whose career spans over 12 years and 450 titles encompassing numerous genres including thrillers, military fiction, romance, sci-fi, classics, westerns, fantasy, non-fiction, and more. He consistently works with the best publishers in the business, voicing the works of a vast array of authors; Stephen Hunter to Herman Melville, J.R. Ward to Mark Twain. He is known for his varied and believable characterizations and is adept at virtually any U.S. or international dialect, enabling him to fully distinguish each character, breathing the life into them that the author intended without crossing the hard-to-define line that can turn characters into caricatures. Eric’s performances become an immersive experience, transporting the listener into the author’s world and ushering the author’s characters into the world of the listener. Among many industry accolades, he was an Audie Award Nominee in 2017 in the crowded “Thriller/Suspense” category and is a multiple Audiofile Earphones Award Winner.  An established singer/songwriter, fiction author, and avid cruising sailor, he enjoys adventuring around the world with wife, Loren and son, Rivers Danger aboard their sloop, Cecilia. Years of sailing on big boats led Eric to the realization that a sailboat stateroom is an ideal acoustic environment for voice recording. Now, he completes numerous projects in his on-board studio while also co-producing, with Loren, their family travel YouTube series, “SailAway”.

Listen to a clip:

Enjoy a sample clip if the day the Wilcox family set off on their epic voyage. They had no idea only 13 months later they’d be shipwrecked on a remote island in the South Pacific. Listen here:

Shipwreck! Listen to what happened when Vela struck a reef off the coast of Fiji. 9780984835058SeaTrialsAudiobookExcerpt_Shipwreck

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