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Ebook Details
  • 08/2013
  • 978-0-9848350-1-0 B00D4EI894
  • 386 pages
  • $5.99
Tightwads on the Loose
Wendy Hinman, author

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

Tightwads on the Loose tells the story of Wendy and Garth, lured to sea by the promise of adventure. They buy a 31-foot boat that fits their budget better than it fits Garth’s large frame and 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.” Tightwads on the Loose offers a fun read to the armchair adventurer — or anyone afflicted with wanderlust.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 8.25 out of 10


Plot: This rollicking, life-embracing memoir of adventure on the high seas is pure, fast-paced reading enjoyment. From one port to the next, there's plenty of action, good humor, and moments of excitement.

Prose: Hinman's sunny enthusiasm for her subject matter and skillful, briskly-paced prose make the reader feel like a co-adventurer on her incredible journey.

Originality: Though similar travel memoirs are certainly available, Hinman's appealing blend of adventure, frugal living, and marital negotiations in close quarters bring authenticity and freshness to her story.

Character Development: Hinman's cheery, good-humored, and often self-effacing depiction of her life at sea makes her feel like the party guest with all the best stories. Not one to shy away from the gritty or stressful realities of long-term travel, she manages to inspire while telling the wholehearted truth.

Date Submitted: August 30, 2017

Booklife Review of Tightwads on the Loose

This rollicking, life-embracing memoir of adventure on the high seas is pure, fast-paced reading enjoyment. From one port to the next, there's plenty of action, good humor, and moments of excitement.

Chanticleer Book Reviews

“Tightwads on the Loose; a Seven Year Pacific Odyssey vividly details the highs and lows of life at sea and at port. It will definitely appeal for those who are curious about sea voyaging. Armchair travelers will find a diversity of cultural experiences, historical details, and adventures for their entertainment and education. Come on board and sail away with the intrepid Wendy Hinman and her humorous and ingenious insights about life at sea.” 

Cruising World Magazine

“Wendy Hinman is an accomplished storyteller.  Tightwads on the Loose, her memoir, will captivate you.”

Sailing Magazine

Sailing Magazine calls Tightwads on the Loose “Charming” and “a pleasure to read.”

San Francisco Book Review

"A light-hearted tone and unaffected style make this an entertaining tale."


Tightwads selected as a best travel book for women! Top 125 best travel books for women.

In Conversation with Wendy Hinman

Wendy Hinman, editor of the Writers Connection and author of Tighwads on the Loose and Sea Trials (2017),  shares her writing process with Shiela Bender on the podcast, Writing it Real.

Tightwads on the Loose a top seller!

Tightwads on the Loose a top seller!
#1 Magnolia Bookstore
#8 Third Place Books
#2 Travel book on Amazon.
Top 100 of all books on Amazon.

Tightwads on the Loose Audio Book!

Readers have enjoyed this story for years in paperback and as an eBook and it has been a consistently strong seller. It has garnered rave reviews from many readers and been named a best book multiple times. Now those who prefer to hear a story with their ears rather than take it in through tired eyes can also enjoy it. As children, we loved when someone read us a story. Why not enjoy the same means of opening our imaginations as adults?

Author Wendy Hinman is excited to share her phenomenal story through audio, thanks to the incredible storytelling talents of our narrator, Robin Karno. Robin’s enthusiasm and excitement has made the process of bringing this story alive so much fun. Not only has she been a fabulous collaborator, she has a pleasing voice, great comedic timing, and a talent for capturing the flavor of the voyage and the accents of the cultures that this traveling duo visit in their 34,000-mile journey around the Pacific aboard a small sailboat.
Now the whole family can listen to this engaging, award-winning story of travel adventures with Wendy and Garth.

Listen to a sample audio clip of Tightwads on the Loose, narrated by Robin Karno, for a taste of our first experience venturing offshore at the start of what became a 7-year pacific odyssey.

*The Tightwads on the Loose audiobook will be available for purchase through most audiobook retailers, including: (*subject to change without notice.)
Amazon (digital)
Nook Audiobooks (Barnes & Noble)
Bibliotheca + 3M
Baker & Taylor
Hummingbird Media
The Audiobook Store
3 Leaf Group
Audiobooks NZ
EBSCO Information Services
Mackin Educational
Wheelers Book Club Limited

Once you pick up a copy, you can relax and listen to the story unfold as many times as you wish!

Tightwads on the Loose Wins Journey Award

Wendy Hinman Wins the Journey Award for best true life adventure story for Tightwads on the Loose.

Wendy Hinman accepts second Readers Favorite award

Wendy Hinman has won the Readers Favorite award for both her books: Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire and Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven Year Pacific Odyssey. She accepted both awards during the 2019 Miami Book Fair. Read the reviews of her award-winning books here.

Wendy Hinman presents at PNWA

At this summer’s Pacific Northwest Writers Association conference, July 16 – 19, 2015 l SeaTac Hilton Hotel and Conference Center

On July 18th, Wendy Hinman will share some of what she’s learned in a session called “Getting your Book into the Hands of Readers.”


Ebook Details
  • 08/2013
  • 978-0-9848350-1-0 B00D4EI894
  • 386 pages
  • $5.99