Tightwads on the Loose tells the story of Wendy Hinman and her husband Garth, lured to sea by the promise of adventure. After purchasing a 31-foot boat that fits their budget better than it fits Garth’s large frame, they 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. 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 more, them or the world.
Wendy Hinman's stories have appeared in a variety of publications, especially ones that sailors like to read. One story was published in the anthology, We Came to Say, and another won a Solas Traveler's Tales award for best travel writing. Even after 34,000 miles, she looks forward to her next adventure with her husband, Garth, to whom she's still married and happens to like.