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75th anniversary edition of the timeless New Zealand classic of adventure at sea Johnny Wray's gripping and often hilarious account of his adventures around the South Pacific has inspired readers and changed lives since its first public Ever thought that wage slavery is a pointless waste of your life and you d rather just build your own boat and bugger about in the PacificThis chap thought of it firstSacked from a bookkeeping position in his early 20 s he builds a boat on his parent s front lawn and does exactly what he wants for the rest of his lifeInspirational in that respect but uite matter of fact writing and detailed accounts of weathering stomach turning storms in a small boat take some of the gloss off the idea for me Still an important book in the canon of New Zealand literature

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South Sea Vagabonds

Ation 75 years ago Fired from his day job during the Great Depression Johnny begged borrowed and stole the materials to build his famous yacht Ngataki With some mates for company and a sextant to steer by he set sail for the palm fringe First published in 1939 South Sea Vagabonds is apparently something of a classic in sailing circles It was chosen for my Book Club by a member who is currently living on her boat so actually an appropriate read South Sea Vagabonds is the true tale of Johnny Wray who builds a boat the Ngataki and then has many adventures sailing it around New Zealand Australia and the South Pacific in the 1930s For me as someone who doesn t really like the sea beach yes deep water no the stories of idyllic islands laid back lifestyles and sunny climes were overwhelmed by the frightening treacherous seas winds and hurricanes that he and his crew survived on their travels But overall the story is one of choosing a life away from the frantic rush of the city In Johnny s words instead of being happy and contented with what they have everyone is rushing about worrying about how they can make money for themselves Doesn t sound like much has changed in 75 years

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D atolls and islands of his dreams to discover they really did exist But South Sea Vagabonds is much than just a ripping yarn; it is a heartfelt hymn to the possibility of living a free life and truly being the master of one's own desti An inspiration


9 thoughts on “South Sea Vagabonds

  1. says:

    You typically have to be a sailor to appreciate books about sailing; yet the fact that Wray some 75 years ago teaches himself how to build a boat and navigate around the South Pacific adds a humanizing element to this autobiographical narrative Written with true Kiwi wit and can do spirit

  2. says:

    Great read

  3. says:

    Ever thought that wage slavery is a pointless waste of your life and you'd rather just build your own boat and bugger about in the PacificThis chap thought of it firstSacked from a bookkeeping position in his early 20's he builds a bo

  4. says:

    I was excited to read of the adventures of my Mother's cousin It gave me some great insights into the familyI laughed so much reading about his ability to make a boat out of not much a strait shared by my mother not boat building rather catering for family and friends I was less interested in sailing detail but easy enough to skim over those bits

  5. says:

    I found this in the kiwi section of the local library and just can't explain the sense of wanderlust it elicits It is fil

  6. says:

    First published in 1939 South Sea Vagabonds is apparently something of a classic in sailing circles It was chosen for my Book Club by a member who is currently living on her boat so actually an appropriate read S

  7. says:

    An inspiration

  8. says:

    Amusing Harking back to a simpler world

  9. says:

    Great book Fun and very inspirational story Let's go sailing