Fred is a slightly-past middle age sailor / writer / photographer with plenty of eclectic hands-on skills and experiences. He is certainly reluctant to grow up and readily admits to being the eternal dreamer always scheming and planning the next adventure.

He has written several books including two novels, ‘The Keeper’ and ‘Storm Ecstasy,’ as well as ‘The Water Rushing By’, ‘Sins Of The Fathers’, ‘The Magic Stick’, as well as an extensive inventory of poetry, essays, short stories, anecdotes and photographs.

Old saltHis first passion is the ocean, sailboats, voyaging and all those people who are similarly drawn to the sea. He has extensively cruised and lived aboard ‘Seafire’ the boat he refitted to go voyaging. Circumstances prevailed that forced the sale of the boat but the voyage continues on a new tack. That voyage is both internal as well as external. And yes, there are plans for another boat in the future. If you follow this blog your interest provides some of the energy that helps fuel the journey and the dream.

Namaste and fair winds.

16 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hey Fred just to let you know I am following your blog and enjoying it muchly! Love the photos and philosophizing.

  2. Hiya Fred, found yer (very awesome!) blog when searching for info on the sailboat we bought (Truant 33) and are sailing her north from Gibsons, BC to Haines, AK this August – was hoping to see you on the water, but if you’re going south … well … but if you see us in “Away” come on over and say hi .. we’d love to meet you! Cheers!

    1. Great to hear from you. I believe i8 know your boat having almost bought her myself a few years ago. I’ll be here in Shearwater if you’re by, look me up, I’m easy to find, moored in the corner I call hooterville.
      Best, Fred

  3. If you’re still around when I come through .. yep, I’ll certainly come a’looking! “Should” be there around August 15-20, having plans to leave Gibsons around the 7th or thereabouts. Cheers!

  4. Discovering and following your brave blog and sea story has been a west coast winter perc. Pacific Swift, the Robby, and now Pacific Grace, are dear, with a second generation going aboard. Thanx; from old, happy on the water, solo ‘sailor’. Siulongo- silent flight of the bird- so I was told. Polynesian.

  5. I am researcher on Marine tourism in the Arctic. I am going to conduct a survey on pleasure craft in Canadian Arctic archipelago. I would have your e-mail (send it privately) so I can send it to you.


  6. Hi Fred
    Just a brief note to thank you for paying a tribute to Mother’s Day and my birthday ! I enjoy your monthly blogs — the wonderful pictures and your insightful comments. When you mention flies I am reminded of the first time I saw Topolobampo, about 55 years ago. We had called in to Los Mochis in search of shrimp and someone suggested we check out Topolobampo as the beach was spectacular. We wondered why there were few signs of human presence, until we were attacked by hordes of huhini …….we wondered no longer !
    Take care.

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