Books for Sailors, Dreamers, and Boaters

 These books are for anyone  who dreams of escaping the rat race.  When my wife and I decided to run away to sea, we had no idea of the changes that would result.  Like most people who dream of an idyllic escape, we had wonderful expectations.  Most of them were inaccurate, but after over 12 years of life off the grid, we're still enjoying our journey, and we're still happy with the trade-offs we made.  We've had our share of surprises, both pleasant and otherwise, but neither of us would go back to our former lives, even if we could.  Some day, we'll doubtless want to live ashore again, but our lives will be much different and far richer for the experiences we've shared.

Life's a Ditch tells of our early days as waterborne wanderers making our way up and down the east coast of the U.S. along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.  The transition from a somewhat pampered upper middle class life to living where we drop the anchor wasn't always smooth, but it was more often fun than not.  By the time we were ready to go Dungda de Islan', (patois for 'down there in the islands') we were well-adjusted to life afloat.

For more details, visit the  Life's a Ditch or Dungda de Islan' pages on this site by clicking the cover images on the right side of this page.

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Both books are available in Kindle format or paperback from Amazon.  Paperbacks should be available at most online bookstores, or by special order from your favorite local bookstore.


  1. As a captain of two different 55' yawl's (custom built in Germany) I think I will like reading
    your books. I liked mcDonald's books as we stayed at Bahia Mar at times.

  2. After watching Russell Crowe in Far Side of the World, I got hooked on the Patrick O’Brian novels set during the Napoleonic Wars. What I really loved about his novels was his obvious love of sailing ships and an encyclopedic knowledge of sailing. Thank you for your novels; I am plowing through the Blue Water series at a one a day rate (self-imposed limit). You and he are quite similar in writing style: there are times when I feel as if I were on a sailing vessel. I learned how to sail at summer camp (some 60 years ago), so I understand your sailing prose.

    1) A glossary of nautical terms
    2) A graphic of the Vengeance with numbers and names of the sails and the parts of the ship, a la O’Brian

    My email is [taught history for 43 years]

    1. Thanks! I'm planning on the graphic in the next book; I'll work up a glossary as well.