The Sailing Podcast








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Episode 51 of The Sailing Podcast is with Lin Pardey who shares some advice on Cost Control while Cruising. Tory Salvia of The Sailing Channel suggested I contact Lin and Larry Pardey as a follow up to the “How to earn money while Cruising” episode with Paul and Sheryl Shard.

Lin has presented some of this information at sailing seminars as well as in her book called “Cost Conscious Cruiser”. Lin and Larry also have a video called “Cost control while you cruise”, which was produced in conjunction with The Sailing Channel and is available on Vimeo.

In this episode we hear about:
- How Lin and Larry Pardey have travelled over 200,000 miles
- How Lin started writing for sailing magazines
- How their most popular book is the Storm tactics Handbook

Cost Control while you Cruise

After sailing over 200,000 miles Lin and Larry are well equipped to help people understand what it takes to be a cost conscious cruiser. They have build a reputation upon sailing small yachts across all the oceans and are the voice of reason with their motto of ‘Go Small, Go Simple, Go Now”.

I learnt some interesting facts while interviewing Lin Pardey. They have sailed ‘west about’ all the the southern capes as well as below Maatsuyker Island (under Tasmania). By West about, it means they have travelled against the prevailing winds to achieve this feat in a small yacht. There was also a conversation about how her favourite book is ‘Bull Canyon’. This is the story of the time spent building their 2nd yacht, Talisman. If fact they have only just sold this boat recently and some lucky owners are about to start new adventures in her.

The conversation did eventually turn to some advice on how to keep your costs under control while cruising. This included:
    •    Making sure your systems can work independently and be isolated should another system fail
    •    Be prepared to sail on without some systems so you can organise repairs where it is most cost effective
    •    Have a set of light air sails so when the wind is light you can still keep sailing instead of turning on the (smelly, noisy) motor
    •    consider how to cruise in company without always cruising in company.. While it is great to stay in contact with the sailing community, there are advantages to being alone. For example, you are more likely to meet the locals when you arrive at an anchorage alone
    •    Know how to fix your own sailing gear. This will save on expensive repairs in out of the way ports where you might be at the mercy of the local expert
All of these things add up to a lower average cost of cruising, which means your budget will go further and you can stay out sailing for longer.

The conversation turned to books again because an biography was recently written by Herb McCormick about Lin and Larry Pardey called “As long as it’s fun”. The Pardeys have had such an adventurous life and it is great to see that the whole story has been written for everyone to enjoy. The bonus fun fact for me what how the book has also come out as an audiobook on Audible.

I like to listen to audiobooks while driving or walking the dog on the beach so I have used my credit to get a copy of “As long as its fun” to listen to. I have a promotion to offer from Audible that will let you get one free credit to download a book on Audible by trialing their monthly plan.

Just go to and this will redirect you to the Audible Trial Website. You can get a free audiobook by trialing their monthly plan. Even if you decide to cancel before your 30 day trial ends, you get to keep the audiobook.

It was great to interview Lin and I hope I can invite her back again sometime to share her knowledge again. If you would like to follow Lin you can find her at the following places:

Facebook -
Website -

Upcoming guests:

I still have an interview with Franz Amussen from the “Sailing in the Mediterranean” podcast as well as having caught up with Film-Maker Yves Gelinas about how the movie “Jean-du-Sud around the world” has been re-released in HD

Fun fact - Lin and Larry Pardey began their sailing in 1965, the same year I was born. I guess both of us can celebrate the 50th year anniversary together!

Direct download: 51_-_Cost_control_while_you_sail_with_Lin_Pardey.mp3
Category:Sailing -- posted at: 12:25am EDT

50: Cumberland Yacht Charter and the Whitsundays

Visit the Episode 50 webpage at

In this episode we hear from Charlie Preen from Cumberland Charter Yachts at

Cumberland Charter Yachts have a great selection of charter yachts and Charlie shares his experiences of the Whitsundays with us. We hear about:

- Why the Whitsundays is great
- How much Carina and I enjoyed chartering
- What sort of skills you need to charter a yacht
- Should you do a course before you leave
- How to take a skipper for the day to learn
- Why chartering is a good idea before you commit to purchasing a yacht
- How chartering can help you get some experience and see if you really do like sailing
- Why people put their yacht into a charter company fleet such as CCY

Show notes will be at


Direct download: 50_-_Cumberland_Charter_Yachts_and_the_Whitsundays.mp3
Category:Sailing -- posted at: 4:43am EDT

49: Sailing on a Shoestring


Visit the interview page at for instructions on how to apply the discount code when purchasing the documentary "Sailing on a Shoestring"


The movie 'Sailing on a Shoestring' is a sailing documentary by Emilie Svennsen about her father Erik Svennsen. Erik built a ferro-cement yacht in South Africa during the apathied and travelled for 8 years - all before Emilie was even born. It is a touching movie reliving the stories of adventure and concluding with the search for the yacht 'Cam-Rita'.


You can find the movie on Gumroad using this link: and during the interview Emilie gives you a discount code for 20% off the already reasonable price of $7.70


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If you have an android device you can try the Stitcher Radio app - there are links on the website at


Direct download: 49_-_Sailing_on_a_Shoestring.mp3
Category:Sailing -- posted at: 9:27pm EDT

Episode 48 of The Sailing Podcast is with Paul and Sheryl Shard of Distant Shores TV who share some of their experiences on how to make money while cruising.

There are many ideas on how to keep money in the cruising kitty once you have started your journey and plenty of examples of people who are making money while cruising.

You will find links to the people mentioned in the interview at the episode page at

If there are some ideas that you have on how to make money while cruising, please add them into the comments section of the episode. I am collating this information into an eBook on the topic 'Make Money While Cruising' so if you would like to sign up to receive a copy just visit the page and enter your email address to receive a free copy of this eBook when it is completed.

During the interview we hear about:
    •    Writing or filming while you sail
    •    Creating a product to sell while cruising
    •    Using your existing skills to provide a service
    •    How to put your sailing skills to work
    •    Contract work, sabbaticals and seasonal work

Don't forget to visit to register for thier newsletter and if you would like to thank Paul and Sheryl Shard for their interview, send them a message via Twitter - @DistantShoresTV

Direct download: 48_-_How_to_Make_Money_while_Cruising.mp3
Category:Sailing -- posted at: 8:24pm EDT

47: AMSA interview and overview of their rescue operations live at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show


The Australian Maritime Safety Authority watches over 10% of the earth’s surface and coordinates search and rescue services in this area. Mal Bettany describes what AMSA does and how important it is to register your emergency beacon or EPIRB


Direct download: 47_-_The_Australian_Maritime_Safety_Authority.mp3
Category:Sailing -- posted at: 3:56pm EDT

46: Sevenstar Yacht Transport live at SCIBS
Direct download: 46_-_Sevenstar_and_DYT_Yacht_Transport.mp3
Category:Sailing -- posted at: 6:25pm EDT

Direct download: 45_-_James_Wharram_and_Hanneke_Boon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:20pm EDT

Direct download: 44_Deerfoot_Sailing_Yachts_v2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:20pm EDT

Direct download: 43_Sailing_a_Multihull_with_Suliere.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:13pm EDT

The Sailing Podcast - Episode 1 with guest Allan Breckall - Heavy Weather Sailing

Episode 1 of The Sailing Podcast is an interview with friend and guest Allan Breckall.

I met Allan through the website who we interviewed in Episode 3. I crewed for Allan in a sailing trip back from Auckland to Brisbane and he kept me entertained for the whole trip with his stories of sailing and his adventurous life.

Come and join us as we hear some of Allan's stories of sailing across the Tasman Sea - a place he has gotten to know very well over the years sailing his current yacht, Rainbow back and forth each season (crew permitting).

Thank you for joining us on our journey

David and Carina Anderson

Direct download: 001_The-Sailing-Podcast-with-guest-Allan-Breckall.mp3
Category:Sailing -- posted at: 2:38am EDT