Gone Floatabout

Lucky to live on a boat!


Ellen’s Sailing and Adventure Articles:

Out now:

Interview on Psychology of Sailing Website

Cover story for Ocean Navigator March/April 2017: Sail Fast! Aleutian Islands to Juan de Fuca Strait in Seven Weeks.

VIDEOS! On Cruising World‘s website.

And on our new Gone Floatabout YouTube Channel! Here’s the latest (Episode 2):

Cover story for Cruising World Jan/Feb 2017: Alaska’s Wild Coast

Feature in Sailing January 2017: “Captain Cook’s Paradise: New Zealand’s Bay of Islands”

Cover Story for Sailing Today February 2017: “Ice Sailor: High Latitude Outfitting”

Video: Mantus Anchor in the Arctic on Ocean Navigator‘s YouTube channel. Check out the rough conditions we encountered on our voyage to the Alaskan Arctic!

Coming Soon:

In Cruising World:

  • “Waterfalls and Glaciers”
  • “The Far Northwest: Alaska’s Arctic Coast”
  • “Banishing Water Worries: A low-draw desalinator proves easy to install and maintain”
  • “End of Season Lay-Up”

In Classic Boat:

  • “Living Monuments to the Gilded Age: Lake Geneva’s Historic Steamboats”
  • “A Rare Arctic Bird”

Published Pieces:

Cruising World July 2014 cover

Ellen’s cover photo, July 2014

In Cruising World:

  • Alone at the Ice Edge,  June 2016.
  • Picture Perfect Indian Ocean Adventure cover story for Cruising World, January 2016.
  • Luxury on 120 Amp HoursCruising World, December 2015.
  • Contribution to Cruising World‘s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Sailors.
  • “Welcome Home Feast”, June 2015.
  • Cover photo, July 2014: “L. Francis Herreshoff ketch Nahma scoots along Maine’s Eggemoggin Reach under spinnaker.”
  • “The Perfect Getaway: Downeast Charm in North Haven, Maine”, cover story, July 2014.
  • “An Unexpected Gem: New York City’s East River,” February 2014.


Best Photo, Sailing Today Awards 2014!

In Classic Boat:

In Ocean Navigator:

In Pacific Yachting:

Ellen’s shot of Celeste on the cover, December 2015

In SAIL, March 2014: Great Inagua Island.

In Alert Diver, Fall 2013: “An Ounce of Prevention,” about the responsibilities and rewards of scuba diving without a guide.


Celeste in sea-ice on the cover of Flying Fish

In Cruising Club of America (CCA) and Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) publications:

  • “Voyaging to the Top of America: A Two-Season Cruise to Arctic Alaska” in the CCA’s annual journal Voyages. Recipient of the CCA’s Charles H. Vilas Literary Prize! Read about the Vilas Literary Prize on Ocean Navigator‘s site, on Cruising World‘s web page, and at Sail-World.com!
  • Cover Photo and article in the OCC’s biannual journal Flying Fish.

In British magazine WaterCraft: two cover photos (March/April 2016 and Jan/Feb 2017) and cover story Dampfboot! Paddle Steamboat Liberty Belle:

In Blue Water Sailing:

Wind vs Solar BWS

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

OCH Logo

Also see Ellen’s Guide Page.

In Cruising Outpost “How to Lose a Dinghy”, humor piece in Winter 2014.

In The Coastal Passage Australian magazine: “The Man Behind the Screen, Clearing Customs in Oz,” July 2009.

In Hello Switzerland:Hohenweg

In Offshoots 12: Reflections (Geneva Writers’ Group 2013 anthology): Poem “Leaving Home”.

VIDEO on Katadyn’s YouTube channel: Testing our watermaker at the polar ice edge.

On the blog of our sponsor ZEAL Optics:

Our page on Spectra Watermakers’ website.

On the blog of our sponsor Platypus Marine:


A few profiles written about us:

All text and photographs © Ellen Massey Leonard and Seton Leonard, 2016, All Rights Reserved.