Bill and Lau­rel Cooper

Yachting Monthly - - CRUISING LOG -

Bill and Lau­rel Cooper are best known for writ­ing the sem­i­nal blue wa­ter cruis­ing book Sell Up and Sail in 1986, which is now in its fifth edition. The cou­ple, who mar­ried in 1952 while Bill was a Lieu­tenant in the Royal Navy, sold their house in 1976 and built Fare

Well, a 58ft ketch, in which they be­gan their cruis­ing life. They then owned a num­ber of boats, in­clud­ing

Hosanna, an 87ft sprit­sail Dutch barge, and fi­nally Far­away, a 40ft mo­tor barge, which they sold in 2014 due to ill health. Bill died in 2016 and Lau­rel, 88, con­tin­ues to write on her own.

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