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Larry Pardey, Mariner Who Sailed the World Engineless, Dies at 81

He was quickly skippering a ketch and, in Might 1965, assembly his future spouse, Lin Zatkin, in a bar. She was working at the time in the company workplace of the Bob’s Large Boy restaurant chain in Pasadena however craving journey, Ms. Pardey stated. Crusing, she felt, would fulfill her wanderlust.

Three days after they met, they had been collectively for good.

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“I suppose he was fairly romantic again then,” she told The Sailing Channel in 1993, “however what was much more romantic was what he provided me: a means of getting out of the 9-to-5 syndrome, seeing a number of the world.”

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They married in 1968 and three days later, Ms. Pardey launched the boat that they had constructed, Seraffyn, by smashing a bottle of Champagne towards its bow.

The 2 had been hardly ever, if ever in a rush. They didn’t adhere to a schedule and labored solely sufficient to finance their crusing. Their circumnavigations took so lengthy as a result of they spent lots of time exploring 15 of the international locations they visited and utilizing them as income-producing bases of operations, repairing and restoring boats and ferrying them to their homeowners.

“We by no means set off the circumnavigate,” Ms. Pardey stated in her e mail. “We simply needed to sail, discover and meet attention-grabbing folks, do some racing in attention-grabbing locations. However at some level we ended up midway down the street, and logic led us to finish the circle.”

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