Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven Year Pacific Odyssey

Tightwads on the Loose A Seven Year Pacific Odyssey Everyone dreams of tropical escape But what happens when you escape for too long Imagine spending hours a day with your spouse in not so square feet for years crossing the Pacific Ocean on two g

  • Title: Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven Year Pacific Odyssey
  • Author: Wendy Hinman
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Everyone dreams of tropical escape But what happens when you escape for too long Imagine spending 24 hours a day with your spouse in 31 not so square feet for years crossing the Pacific Ocean on two gallons of fuel and tossing spaghetti marinara around your living room, then cleaning it up while bouncing like ice in a martini shaker Tightwads on the Loose tells tEveryone dreams of tropical escape But what happens when you escape for too long Imagine spending 24 hours a day with your spouse in 31 not so square feet for years crossing the Pacific Ocean on two gallons of fuel and tossing spaghetti marinara around your living room, then cleaning it up while bouncing like ice in a martini shaker Tightwads on the Loose tells the story of Wendy and Garth, lured to sea by the promise of adventure They buy a 31 foot boat that fits their budget better than it fits Garth s large frame and set sail for an open ended voyage, never imagining they d be gone seven years, or cover 34,000 miles at the pace of a fast walk.They live without most necessities and learn that teamwork and a sense of humor matter most as they face endless character building opportunities They make a long anticipated visit to the island where Garth had been shipwrecked as a teenager, only to find it had become a penal colony An electronic catastrophe in the Solomon Islands leaves them without navigation equipment, which forces them to trade their free wheeling lifestyle for one that seems straight out of a 60s sitcom jobs at a U.S Army base in the Marshall Islands In Asia, they dodge typhoons and ships that threaten to turn their home into kindling Finally they endure a grueling 49 day nonstop ocean crossing None of this prepares them for their arrival home to a post 9 11 America which leaves them wondering what had changed , them or the world Tightwads on the Loose offers a fun read to the armchair adventurer or anyone afflicted with wanderlust.

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    About " Wendy Hinman "

  • Wendy Hinman

    Wendy Hinman has an insatiable curiosity and a natural inclination to share her discoveries She loves stories telling them, writing them, reading them and editing them And she has plenty of engaging stories to tell, some serious, some not so serious.After years trotting the globe for business and vacation travel, she instigated a waterborne adventure, sailing 34,000 miles over seven years with her husband on a 31 foot boat She even managed to return sane or so she thinks , still married and innocent of plotting murder Along the way, she shared many of their mis adventures online and in magazines Yet many still remained untold Her book, Tightwads on the Loose A Seven Year Pacific Odyssey, details her seven year adventure afloat.wendyhinman I d love to hear your questions p.s and if you are part of a book group, know that I am always happy to talk with book groups by phone or Skype

  • 951 Comments

  • Excellent read. As an exsailor and a citizen of the Puget Sound area, the story really hit home. Wish I was there!


  • Tightwads on the Loose – A Seven Year Pacific Odyssey opens with a map of the Pacific Ocean that showed the voyage of the sailing vessel Velella starting and ending in Seattle. Soon the reader is immersed in the plans of Wendy and her husband, Garth, to set sail on their open-ended adventure. And we wonder how long an introvert, whose motto is always be prepared,  can live in such tight quarters with an extrovert whose motto is let’s just wing it.These are not rich dot-com people on a yacht [...]


  • This is the story of Wendy and Garth who lived their dream life on a sailing adventure that lasted 7 years. I loved this story because Wendy and Garth planned for this voyage, saved their paychecks, quit their 9 to 5 jobs and made it happen. They escaped. Ran away, so to speak, and they lived on about $33 dollars a day. This book is both funny and exciting. The narrative perks along with lots of humor. I laughed when they had to get jobs on an Army base for 2 years when their equipment broke dow [...]


  • Hinman and her husband spent 7 years on a 31 foot sailboat that held only a few gallons of gas for back up and 45 gallons of water. With only a little money, they sailed the Pacific. But this true story shows that you can't survive on just a dream. Years of preparation and training went into the voyage, and there were plenty of disasters along the way, including a power surge that left them for two years in the Marshall Islands working to repair their boat and replace the electronics. But the pa [...]


  • 'm addicted to first-person accounts of sailing around the world. I'll read anything I can find about the cruising life. "Tightwads" is one of the best I've found. Not only does the book offer a clear, exhilarating recounting of life at sea, but the writing is skilled, the characters have depth, and the structure includes well-crafted plot and conflict that is often missing in such memoirs.Highly pleasurable. I recommend this book to any daydreamer counting down the days until they can shove off [...]


  • This book is a better-than-average travel book, in my opinion. The author writes well, and has a way with phrases that catches the imagination. Good mix of topics, ranging from technical details to what was going on in her head at the time.


  • One of my favorite cruising memoirs, about an intrepid couple and their journey from Seattle to Japan and back. Wendy's writing is lively, vivid and engaging. Highly recommend!


  • This was a really cool and approachable story about a very looooooong sailing trip. It was particularly entertaining for me for having a chance to briefly meet the author--while in the company of a couple people she mentions in the bookIt felt in many parts like almost being there; that was generally a good thing but for some sections it was probably better to just read about it (knowing that in the end the uncertain things turned out ok). Very fast beach read that at the end really also opened [...]


  • I would give this book a 3.5 in pacing, humor, and writing, but I rate up. That is, I liked it very much. It is a very well written book. However, I was uncomfortable with some of the descriptive words used to paint the natives in the author's travels, and thought that a very particular audience is intended for this: people who can afford to take time off and travel or buy even a small boat. I am not the intended audience, alas, as I think that would be a lot of fun. I think the author goes to l [...]


  • I bought & read the paperback after hearing Wendy interviewed on our local PBS radio station. My intention was to pass it along as a gift to a friend that sails every week as part of a crew on San Francisco Bay. However, when I finished I was torn because I thought I'd like to reread it since I might have missed parts not being a sailor of any sort. Was glad had a 2 day free give away of the eBook version that snagged for rereading adventures and have passed the paper book along.I enjoyed a [...]


  • A very pleasant book. Wendy gives enough, but not too much, detail about their odyssey to make it fun but also let me know it's probably not the type of adventure for me. She doesn't turn away from the uncomfortable parts but her love of adventure is obvious and infectious.I'd really like to meet Wendy and Garth because they sound so interesting.


  • I sailed for two weeks on a boat this size. Finding a place to be alone is the hardest thing to do. I wouldn't like to be as far away from land as they were, but sailing around the pacific northwest was fun.




  • Great story of the adventure this couple embarked on as the sailed around the world on a 30 ft sailboat. Well done!




  • Great storyGives a pretty good description of what it's like to sail around the world the good and the bad. Thanks


  • This was a great adventure story. I particularly enjoyed the parts about Kwajalein because i lived there in the 80's. I enjoyed going down memory lane with her descriptions of the atoll.


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