Gone Floatabout

Sailing, Photography, Wilderness


Cover Photos:


Published Articles:

In print in Ocean Navigator, for which I’m honored to be a Contributing Editor. (Almost all my articles are also available online):

In print in Cruising World: (also available online if there’s a link!)

Coming soon: “Waterfalls and Glaciers”, “Canning on Board”.

 In print in Classic Boat:

In print in Pacific Yachting:

Coming this spring: “Two Pacific Crossings”

In print in WaterCraft: 

  • Adventures with Dinghy Series
    • Episode 1: A Strange Wreck in the Bahamas
    • Episode 2: Dolphins Playing in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands
    • Episode 3: The Tender Goes Solo – in the Panama Canal
    • Episode 4: A Sojourn in the Fijian Jungle
    • Episode 5: Can I Survive Australia?
    • Episode 6: In at the Deep End
    • More episodes coming soon!
  • Cover Photo March/April 2016
  • Cover Photo Jan/Feb 2017
  • Dampfboot! Paddle Steamboat Liberty Belle

In print in SAIL:

Coming this spring: “A Cruise on the Wilder Side: Baja’s West Coast”

In print in Sailing Today:

In print in Blue Water Sailing:

On OffCenterHarbor.com, the classic boat video and blog subscription website:

Also see Ellen’s Guide Page.

Coming soon: “My Favorite Dinghy and Why: The Chameleon Nesting Dinghy”.

In Sister Ship online magazine:

In print in Backcountry magazine:

In print in Misadventures:

  • Landfall to A Sailor (also published in Voyages 2020, the journal of the Cruising Club of America, “Musings on Landfall”)

In print in Sailing:

  • Captain Cook’s Paradise: New Zealand’s Bay of Islands

In print in Alert Diver:

  • An Ounce of Prevention

In Voyages, the journal of the Cruising Club of America:

  • Musings on Landfall
  • Cover Photo 2019: CELESTE in the Doldrums, crossing the Pacific.
  • A Penchant for the Primitive: Reflections on spending my twenties at sea.
  • Sail Fast! The Aleutian Islands to Juan de Fuca Strait in seven weeks.
  • Voyaging to the Top of America: A two-season cruise to the Alaskan Arctic. Honored with the Vilas Literary Prize.

In Flying Fish, the journal of the Ocean Cruising Club:

  • Cover Photo 2019/2: CELESTE with a bone in her teeth on passage down the US West Coast.
  • Passage to San Francisco
  • Cover Photo 2018/2: CELESTE at anchor in the beautiful Tuamotus.
  • A Penchant for the Primitive (updated in 2018). Honored with the David Wallis Trophy.
  • Voyaging to the Top of America: A Two-Season Cruise to the Alaskan Arctic.
  • Cover Photo 2016/1: CELESTE in sea ice near Point Barrow, Arctic Ocean.

In print in Cruising Outpost

  • How to Lose a Dinghy

In print in The Coastal Passage (Australian newspaper):

  • The Man Behind the Screen, Clearing Customs in Oz

In print in Hello Switzerland:

In Offshoots 12: Reflections (Geneva Writers’ Group 2013 anthology):

  • Poem “Leaving Home”


On the blog of our partner ZEAL Optics:

On the blog of our partner Katadyn:

Profiles and Interviews (written about us):

All text and photographs © Ellen Massey Leonard 2020, All Rights Reserved.