spring mug1Fred is a slightly-past middle age sailor /, writer / photographer with plenty of eclectic hands-on skills and experiences. Some would describe him as the old hippy who doesn’t know the war is over. He is certainly reluctant to grow up and readily admits to being the eternal dreamer.

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.

His first passion is the ocean, sailboats, voyaging and all those people who are similarly drawn to the sea. He lives aboard ‘Seafire’ the boat he is refitting to go voyaging, exploring new horizons both inner and outer. This blog is about that voyage and the preparations for it. In spite of the odds against it, the plan is to sail away this fall and lay a course southward. If you follow this blog your interest may provide some of the energy that helps fuel the journey.


Old salt

16 responses to “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!


    • 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. Hey Fred – is there any way to get a recording of your Newfoundland poem from Fisher Poets 2016?



  6. Freddy! You’re AWESOME! Love your writing, you are not just decorative my friend.
    See you tomorrow!


  7. Extremely interesting look ahead to coming back again. http://bit.ly/2f0xJ92


  8. 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.



  9. 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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