Ocean Hermit – sailing, solitude and stories

My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.


Sailing is yet another adventure in my life

Sailing a recent passion for me, though I’ve had a love and fascination with boats and water since childhood. I used to hang around the cobles (open inshore fishing boats) on the east coast of Yorkshire, England, when we went on holiday to Filey every summer. And I travelled solo for more than two yeas in a canoe through the Amazon rain forest.  Now I live much of the year aboard my 32-foot sailboat called “Kuan Yin”.

Sailing is yet another adventure in my life

Adapting to live in a small space has required quite a few changes and getting rid of a lot of stuff!  All possessions have had to be cut to a minimum.  For example, there’s only 14 feet of book shelves on the boat, so all the books that couldn’t fit had to go. All the CDs had to go on the ipod.  Clothes have been cut to the bare minimum; the same with shoes.  I’m more indulgent with tools because you never know when the boat might need them!

These are small, but vital, changes necessary to successful living aboard. Of far more importance in adapting to life afloat is a change in expectations and acceptance of certain limitations.  In exchange, one gains so much.


2 comments on “Sailing

  1. Alan Furth
    October 9, 2010

    Dear Dennison,
    Katie and I are the couple that pulled into the boatyard in Engle that evening that you pulled Kuan Yin out for the winter. We stood there under the boatyard lights exchanging introductions and appreciating the unlikely momentary convergence in that spot. I imagine that you are there in Alberta helping to bring in the harvest before heading around to the other side of the world to winter in Thailand. Please, in your migrations, do consider a visit to the Cobscook Community Learning Center http://www.thecclc.org – and to our home here on the shores of Fundy Bay.

    Wishing you joy in the journey.



  2. Seng
    January 31, 2011

    Dear Dennison
    I am so glad I met you and I really look forward to know about your adventures , your stories just made me wonder what I should do now . well anywhere you go , your spirit will lead you there ,

    All the best


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