Who is James Ellingford? Please tell a little about yourself.
I used to be a corporate guy in the gaming business. I think am pretty relaxed, although my wife, the beautiful Claire, wouldn’t agree, managed to retire at 42 after working 24/7 for 25 years and burning it from both ends, very focused and probably like most execs a typical A1+ personality. I enjoy all facets of boating especially the challenges that present themselves and the ability so far to overcome them. Love my family and am forever grateful that Claire and the girls are willing participants in what I sometimes think is total madness – that said, wouldn’t change it for the world!
Who in the boating world has made the biggest impact on you?
If there were one person, as there have been many, it would have to be Ken Williams. Ken’s book “Cruising an Ocean Under Power” is a classic and his style seemed to be very similar to mine. I remember distinctly chatting to Ken prior our departure from Australia to Vanuatu telling Ken, if this doesn’t work out mate, it’s on you. I think Ken is relieved as we are that we have come so far and he is now officially out of the frame!
Why would you say that Ken Williams has made an impact on you personally?
A couple of things, 1./ he was always available to take my calls prior to finding Pendana and was never in a rush and 2./ here was a guy, who seemed to be pretty much like myself who was doing it, so I guess he did in some weird way give me the courage to follow the dream and to simply press on. Having people like Ken about, and it must be said, countless others, is a huge benefit to global cruisers.
I have your book, “From Family to Crew” on my list to buy this year. Please take a moment to talk about your book. What can readers expect to find in the book that’s not in the description on Amazon? Any plans on another book?
From Family to Crew is in all reality a no bars hold, brutal assault on ones sensors of what it really means to own one of these little ships. I held nothing back and said it as it was. The book talks about our first year owning Pendana and the learning curve we went through until finally feeling totally comfortable with her and her systems. All photos are in full colour which meant it was damn expensive to print but I reckon worth every cent!! I would say that of course!
Pendana.com was recently named as the Blog of the Month by Nordhavn.com. Congratulations! It is easy to see why it was chosen. Your blog is an excellent representation of what Nordhavn is all about.
The blog is as much for my family and friends as it is for general consumption. I figure its appeal, or lack thereof, is based on that I try to be brutally honest in all my reporting. The fact that I can’t change a 300amp fuse for example is not a point of shame but rather a point of fact. These facts, laid out hopefully help others learn, as well as myself which I guess is the important thing. Pendanablog has grown readers and followers over the years which is great but the main aim of the blog is really to be an electronic journal of our time aboard what is the magnificent vessel, Pendana.
For my last question, let's have a little fun: You are CEO of PAE/Nordhavn for a day with full authority and any decisions you make are guaranteed to be completed - what would you do?
I would give James Ellingford the loan of a nice new N86 for the next ten years, all expenses paid!