BOOK RELEASE – From Family to Crew

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From Family to crew

BOOK RELEASE – From Family to Crew

From Family to Crew is the true account of Dr. James Ellingford and his family as they embark on a remarkable journey with Pendana, a beautiful vessel designed for open-ocean cruising that is docked in beautiful Bobbin Head, Broken Bay, approximately twenty nautical miles north of Sydney, Australia. Ellingford and his wife have owned several boats over the course of their lives, but none as impressive and capable as Pendana, a Nordhavn 62. The doctor and his family purchased the boat and decided to write about their experiences over the first year of ownership, feeling that it would have been helpful for them if such a book was available at the time that they decided to buy Pendana

From Family to Crew shows anyone interested in voyaging with their families that it may be challenging at times yet absolutely possible for a couple with no real hands-on knowledge or experience of crossing oceans, to successfully own and operate such a sophisticated vessel. Ellingford’s account of his adventurous first year holds nothing back, offering brutal honesty about the myriad of challenges he and his family worked hard to overcome. Many obvious aspects of boat ownership are thoroughly covered, along with others that one might not even think of before purchasing such a boat. One of the last chapter’s highlights in detail every cent that was spent on Pendana during the first year of ownership so that finally the question of how much, in this case, is answered.

This book is a real treat for one’s senses, a pictorial feast for one’s eyes, a great reference tool for one’s library and a must have for all those who love Nordhavns and boating in general! With the books Foreward written by Mr. Ken Williams, Nordhavn guru and expert mariner (“”) one quickly gets the sense of the quality that is held within. With over 150 full colour images the story really comes to life!

This book is a tremendous reference for all owners of any boat and, in particular, is a great scribe for any dreamer out there intending one day to set out on the high seas.

To PREORDER you copy now go to, scroll down and click on the PayPal button. Book is due to ship in April.

For more on Pendana and the Ellingford family’s incredible first year of ownership, please visit and

1 thought on “BOOK RELEASE – From Family to Crew”

  1. Hi James

    I bought your book and enjoyed it very much, we are endeavouring on our own adventure and I would certainly have benefited from your book earlier. I just wanted to feedback to you, I purchased thru iBooks on my ipad, however all the images, charts, tables etc.. are in a very low resolution making them either difficult or impossible to read, this is shame because most of the information you have contained in here is the most valuable to the reader.

    Just thought I should let you know.

    Enjoy following your blog and video postings, Pendana is a beautiful boat.

    Joda, KK WB48#05

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