Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire

Salsa Pr. Sept. 2022. 12:30 hrs. ISBN 9780984835058. $24.95. MEMOIR
Hinman’s (Tightwads on the Loose) second around-the-world sailing travelogue features engaging family drama. Her first book described a seven-year Pacific voyage with her husband, Garth Wilcox. Here, Hinman recounts the Wilcox family expedition that launched from San Francisco in 1973 when Garth was 13. While electrical engineer Chuck could fix most things that broke on their 40-foot sailboat, he and his wife, Dawn, a nurse, had little experience with ocean sailing, and this plays out in both humorous and terrifying ways throughout their travels. Garth’s younger sister, Linda, was the most reluctant sailor, although she did write an unpublished account of the trip which Hinman used, along with interviews, news articles, the ship’s log, and Wilcox family correspondence, to construct her exciting narrative. Hinman seamlessly blends these sources and writes in a conversational style that’s perfect for audio. Narrator Eric G. Dove expertly switches from an energetic delivery of the maritime exploits and foreign-port adventures to an empathic delivery of the family’s personal struggles. Boat enthusiasts will appreciate Dove’s deliberate reading of the rich technical details.
VERDICT Armchair travelers and sailors alike should enjoy this well-narrated seafaring saga/family biography, gracefully crafted by the author to be heartwarming as well as heart-stopping.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing