Sea Trials

Around the World With Duct Tape and Bailing Wire

Non-Fiction - Adventure
442 Pages
Reviewed on 06/03/2018
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Author Biography

Wendy Hinman is an adventurer, speaker, and the award-winning author of two books, Tightwads on the Loose and Sea Trials. Tightwads on the Loose a popular travel adventure book about the 7-year, 34,000-mile voyage she took with her husband aboard a small violently rocking sailboat where she alternated between feats worthy of Wonder Woman and Suzy Homemaker. It's full of humor and armchair thrills. Tightwads on the Loose won the Journey Award for best true life adventure story and was selected as a top travel book. Her newest book, Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire has been named a Kirkus Best Book of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews, the elite reviewing agency. Fewer than 2% of all books earn a starred review. Even fewer are selected Best Book of the Month and, fewer still, Best Book of the Year. Wendy Hinman’s second book, Sea Trials can claim all three. (To read the full review visit Sea Trials has also just been named a Foreword Reviews best book of the year winner ( Sea Trials has earned glowing reviews from national press and been featured in various gift guides. The buzz about this talented author continues to build as she follows up her laugh-out-loud award winning Tightwads on the Loose with another compelling true story of adventure and the stubbornness of dreams. Read, view, and listen to author interviews at:

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Sea Trials: Around the World With Duct Tape and Bailing Wire by Wendy Hinman is the true story of the Wilcox family. In 1973 they took to their 40-ft sailboat and started on a journey around the world. Just over a year on and they find themselves aground on a coral reef, a rather large hole letting the seawater into their boat. For many, that would be it, game over, but not so for the Wilcox family. They have spent years saving the money for this trip, getting their boat ready and learning every way they can to navigate, and one coral reef isn’t getting in their way. Their 14-year old son is raring to go, to get on with the trip; their 11-year old daughter, not so much. This is going to be a tough trip, not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well. Follow the Wilcox family as they put their boat back together and struggle on around the world, battling obstacles and events that push them to their absolute limits.

Wow! What a story this is. Sea Trials: Around the World With Duct Tape and Bailing Wire by Wendy Hinman is an incredible tale of bravery, determination, and a strong will to win against all the odds and it is one of the best true-life stories I have read in a long while. The writing is amazing, it grips you from the start and is so descriptive that you truly feel as though you are battling each wave, fighting each fight and traveling every hard mile with the family. You can feel every emotion and I guarantee your teeth will be gritted and your fists clenched at several points during the story as you follow it. The story is fast and brilliantly written and I guarantee any reader will be hooked to the very end.