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In 1980 Lin Pardey and her husband Larry came to California looking for a good spot to build a boat, test Lin’s skills as a writer and taste the apparent security life ashore could offer. Nestled in a rocky outcropping of winding, sparsely populated dirt roads, 60 miles from the sea and 50 miles from Los Angeles, Bull Canyon would seem an unlikely place for boat-building. But when Lin and Larry set eyes on the abandoned stone cottage at the top of a rutted, dusty lane, it was love at first sight. The house was certainly a fixer-upper, but there was plenty of room to build a boat, not to mention peace, quiet, and an abundance of natural beauty. They knew they’d come home.
VIDEO – In Get Ready to Cruise, Lin and Larry Pardey are on board Taleisin, the boat that has been their home for 65,000 miles of voyaging. They demonstrate galley upgrades, table design ideas, comfortable seating arrangements, and ways to improve ventilation below deck, how sail and ground-tackle handling can be made easier for even the smallest crew member. Learn also about sun protection, rain collection, line handling, buying and storing provisions and hints for keeping you and your crew dry, warm, clean and well rested.