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Happy 2017!

Happy New Year to the Gone Floatabout subscribers! And welcome to our new subscribers – so glad you’re enjoying our blog!

To welcome in the new year, we thought it would be fun to look back on some of the highlights of a hectic but good 2016. Here’s one for each season: Continue reading


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Stories in Print!

Hi everyone,

Sorry it’s been so long since our last blog post! It’s been a busy few months since we tied up to the dock in Port Angeles, Washington back in August, but we hope to post more soon – we have some pretty pictures of backpacking in the Alps to share as well as some boring shots of boat repairs….  In the meantime, here’s a little news of our recent published pieces for those of you who are interested. 🙂 Continue reading


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Blog is back!

(not) blogging in the Bering Sea...

(not) blogging in the Bering Sea…

Hi everyone! We’re finally getting back to the blog – many apologies for going so long without a post.  We’ll get started again on chronicling our sailing voyage this past summer very soon here, but in the meantime I have some new articles out and we’ve re-worked some of the old pages to include new and bigger photos. 🙂

First off, I was honored to be asked this spring to write a feature on the history and story of the Herreshoff 12 1/2 for Classic Boat magazine.  It’s not online yet but if you can find a copy of the September issue you can read it in print!

My earlier article for Classic Boat, about cruising Alaska last summer, is up now on their site for those who are interested. And Cruising World and Pacific Yachting both ran short pieces in the summer as well: I’ve scanned a PDF of my Pacific Yachting piece.  Continue reading


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Best Photo! (and a continued blog hiatus)

STAwards2015WinnerThank you to everyone who voted in the Sailing Today 2015 Awards! I’m honored to have had my image “Laughter Lines” win Best Cruising Photograph.  Although we couldn’t be at the acceptance ceremony, I enjoyed hearing ST magazine’s editor Sam’s words, that the picture showed “the lighter side of cruising life and the joys of quitting the beaten track, shot in the Teakerne Arm of British Columbia’s unfairly-named Desolation Sound.  Ellen is busy cruising the Arctic at the moment, so we’ve dispatched her award for collection at the North Pole.”

Apologies once again that the blog has been on hiatus for so long.  We both enjoyed our time in the Arctic and are now back at home.  Unfortunately the blog will stay paused for another couple of months due to commitments at home.  Thank you all for your patience—I promise the story and photos will resume eventually!Zipline


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Articles and photos update

HeritageIn a change of pace from blogs about Alaska, we have some recent articles and a photo gallery to share!  The April issue of Classic Boat magazine (just out!) has an article about cruising the Maine coast aboard a beautiful Herreshoff ketch we briefly owned called Nahma.  Sailing in Maine will have any classic boat lover salivating: on almost every tack you’ll see yet another historic wooden beauty.  To accompany the article Classic Boat has just uploaded a large photo gallery!  Check it out here!

Schooners under Nahma's lee Continue reading


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Summer Sailing Articles

Ellen's photo on the cover!

Ellen’s photo on the cover!

For those of you looking for relaxing reading about some incredible sailing destinations, this summer’s issues of Cruising World (USA), and Sailing Today (UK) have two of my features coming out.  So for a change of pace from watermakers, diesel engines, and AGM batteries, you can check out idyllic North Haven, Maine in the pages of Cruising World‘s July issue and British Columbia’s incredible mountains and fjords up the Inside Passage in the October issue of Sailing Today.  The July issue of Canada’s Pacific Yachting also has a short article I wrote about a couple of beautiful anchorages on Cortes Island near Desolation Sound.  Finally, one of my photos is going to grace the cover of Cruising World!


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Self-defense against (hopefully extremely unlikely) polar bear attack

Steve teaching me to use the shotgun, Photo courtesy of Tim Queeney and Ocean Navigator Magazine

Steve familiarizes me with the shotgun. Photo courtesy of Tim Queeney and Ocean Navigator Magazine

It’s been a hectic few days on the road and in the air, but we’re finally back with our boat!  En route from land-based home to floating home, we stopped to see our families and also to receive basic gun training.  According to the Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation’s planning guide for the Arctic, the Canadian and Alaskan authorities “expect you to carry firearms for bear protection.”  Since polar bears are a vulnerable species, you want to do all you can to scare the bear away first, but if worst comes to worst none of us—no matter how much we love wildlife—want to become prey instead of predator.  So the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) recommend a 12 gauge pump action shotgun.  The Svalbard authorities (not that we’re going to Svalbard, but their recommendations are worth listening to) require all visiting yachts to carry a .308 rifle.  But neither Seth nor I had ever even handled a gun!

Fortunately, the editor of Ocean Navigator magazine, for which I write regularly, was able to introduce me to a former naval officer, Steve Konkoly, who gave me a full morning’s instruction and helped me decide on the type of firearm I preferred.  (There was no question by the time the morning was out!)  Read all about it on Ocean Navigator‘s blog!