Yachting & Voyaging Harold Payson Blown Away

ISBN 13: 9780540074037

Blown Away

 
9780540074037: Blown Away

New 35th anniversary edition

"The older I get, the more things there are that tend to make me nervous. I don't see myself as full of cowardice, but as lacking in courage. Given death on one hand and destruction on the other, I have occasionally behaved in manly fashion, but show me an easy way out and I take it."

Thus the Payson credo.

And thus, behind the self-effacement, a sensible attitude for anyone tackling the formidable challenges and risk of sailboat cruising.

The bare outline of Payson's story is a familiar one but with a unique twist: at middle age, a couple decides to take four of their six children on a 38 foot boat, depart work ashore (in the Paysons' case, the smoky nightclubs of L.A.) and take up the cruising life. But the fleshing out of the story - a blend of uproarious mishaps and white-knuckled action - is pure Payson with his style that gained him loyal followers in Sail magazine and others around the world.

In nearly seven years of South Pacific island-hopping, the author not only has refined diverse boat-handling and boat-living skills, but has learned that adversity can be funny (to readers, anyway). He applies this outlook to such universal problems as broken-down heads, dilatory customs officials, dubious navigational fixes and coping with gale-fore headwinds when a boat (his own beloved Sea Foam) is shaped more like a bowling ball than a 12-meter.

His shaky self-esteem notwithstanding, Herb Payson is a sailor with the kind of hard-earned wisdom that only thousands of tough miles can confer, and his sage advice on the hows and how-nots of cruising is well worth heeding. His story, told with eloquence and humor, will surely rank as a classic of nautical literature.

This special 35th anniversary edition is enhanced with a foreword by Lin Pardey plus Herb s reflections on how cruising affected his children and his relationship with his determined, lifelong partner/wife Nancy.

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About the Author:

Herb Payson, a professional jazz musician, ran away to sea with his wife Nancy, a cocktail waitress plus four of the six children from their combined families. Over the next two decades, they sailed on three different boats to more than 26 countries, the whole family working along the way to keep their adventures afloat. Herb soon found his voice as a sailing writer and his work appeared regularly in Sail Magazine. His three books, filled with both humor and serious seamanship advice have become classics. When age made sailing less fulfilling, he and Nancy settled in Port Townsend Washington where Herb returned to his musical roots, playing jazz piano

Review:

Getting away from it all was not an impossible dream for Herb and Nancy Payson, a California couple: they sold their belongings, purchased a ketch, SEAFOAM, and sailed for the Southern Seas. In their workaday lives Herb was a nightclub pianist and Nancy a cocktail waitress; he was an experienced sailor; she was eager to learn. So they set out with their children, one just 10 years old. And they enjoyed their journeys. When cash ran low everybody went to work: he and a son worked at carpentry in New Zealand: Nancy and a daughter made blouses for a boutique in Papeete and the 10-year-old made tourist souvenirs from coconut shells. The story is a realistic portrait of an adventurous, enterprising family, with enough sailing lore to satisfy most bluewater buffs. --Publishers Weekly

Perhaps the most delightful result of Herb Payson s decision to give up his credit card-cluttered life for one of bluewater cruising is that now he provides sailors (be they armchair or active) with uproariously funny tales of magic and woe. He has been charming magazine audiences with his adventures for several years; here he tells the entire hilarious but often humbling story of his family s move from California to a Pacific-bound ketch in Blown away.

Whether Mr. Payson is plotting a speedy but good-humored exape from a Costa Rican shrimp crew who lust after his two daughters, or recounting an ultra-untraditional but imaginative tropical Christmas celebration, he is wonderfully funny. His writing style is clever and captivating, his observations and character descriptions apt and lively. Though it is often painful to consider his mistakes and his constant battles with a demanding and sometimes difficult boat, one realizes that he is not especially concerned with imparting nautical knowledge, but rather in relating his overall experiences in learning to cruise. And this he accomplishes with an honest account of foolish error mixed with growing awareness of the immensity and value of the family s undertaking.

Unlike many other books of this sort Blown Away can be appreciated simply as a series of entertaining anecdotes to be read while sailing, at anchor or in the living room. One can read this book strictly for its humor and style and enjoy it completely. Or, one can realize that beyond the laughter is a rather honest tale of one family s metamorphous from languor to liveliness-a change often observed in families who successfully establish the sea as their home --Cathy Lush - Cruising World Magazine

Herb s self-deprecation is a wonderful counterpoint to his serious seamanship. Blown Away lets the reader laugh as he learns. A classic comedy of riches. --Sail Magazine

Perhaps the most delightful result of Herb Payson s decision to give up his credit card-cluttered life for one of bluewater cruising is that now he provides sailors (be they armchair or active) with uproariously funny tales of magic and woe. He has been charming magazine audiences with his adventures for several years; here he tells the entire hilarious but often humbling story of his family s move from California to a Pacific-bound ketch in Blown away.

Whether Mr. Payson is plotting a speedy but good-humored exape from a Costa Rican shrimp crew who lust after his two daughters, or recounting an ultra-untraditional but imaginative tropical Christmas celebration, he is wonderfully funny. His writing style is clever and captivating, his observations and character descriptions apt and lively. Though it is often painful to consider his mistakes and his constant battles with a demanding and sometimes difficult boat, one realizes that he is not especially concerned with imparting nautical knowledge, but rather in relating his overall experiences in learning to cruise. And this he accomplishes with an honest account of foolish error mixed with growing awareness --Sail Magazine

Perhaps the most delightful result of Herb Payson s decision to give up his credit card-cluttered life for one of bluewater cruising is that now he provides sailors (be they armchair or active) with uproariously funny tales of magic and woe. He has been charming magazine audiences with his adventures for several years; here he tells the entire hilarious but often humbling story of his family s move from California to a Pacific-bound ketch in Blown away.

Whether Mr. Payson is plotting a speedy but good-humored exape from a Costa Rican shrimp crew who lust after his two daughters, or recounting an ultra-untraditional but imaginative tropical Christmas celebration, he is wonderfully funny. His writing style is clever and captivating, his observations and character descriptions apt and lively. Though it is often painful to consider his mistakes and his constant battles with a demanding and sometimes difficult boat, one realizes that he is not especially concerned with imparting nautical knowledge, but rather in relating his overall experiences in learning to cruise. And this he accomplishes with an honest account of foolish error mixed with growing awareness of the immensity and value of the family s undertaking.

Unlike many other books of this sort Blown Away can be appreciated simply as a series of entertaining anecdotes to be read while sailing, at anchor or in the living room. One can read this book strictly for its humor and style and enjoy it completely. Or, one can realize that beyond the laughter is a rather honest tale of one family s metamorphous from languor to liveliness-a change often observed in families who successfully establish the sea as their home --Cathy Lush - Cruising World Magazine

Herb s self-deprecation is a wonderful counterpoint to his serious seamanship. Blown Away lets the reader laugh as he learns. A classic comedy of riches. --Sail Magazine

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