I am a Photographer, a Writer and a Sailor.  I have lived aboard our boats for 23 of the past 24 years and I still believe it’s the best way for me to live and travel through the ‘verse.

The things I believe in that have passionate attachments are: Internal combustion technology is killing the Earth, anarchism works, atheism (duh), ovo-pescetarianism is my jam, the fact that all technology fails and love is real, everything else is existential moment to moment.

Sailing is the one way that I’ve found to travel and remain within the boundaries of my own familiarity. Although all things in life are transient and ownership is impossible I have discovered that it’s important to maintain a certain level of intimacy with a few objects in life, such as books, my music and whatever boat I’m on at the time. The four boats that we’ve had (Dena and I) have been the perfect place to keep those few things that make wherever we go our hearth. And of course the one person in my life that makes all the places I roam my home is my partner and co-captain, Dena Hankins

So here it is, the last 23 years of my life, one shot per year underway. All of the below images were shot by Dena Hankins with the exception of the selfies in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

1999- the Puget Sound from Seattle to Vancouver Island and all points in between…
Pictured above with El-Gato, Fritz.

2000- Winter in Blaine, Washington, lost in a boson’s locker and rowing to work every day…

2001- The sailor in The Straight of Juan De Fuca heading to San Fransisco…
(Pictured above in 14 ft following seas kicking our asses back to Port Angeles in a fog-soup with a dead engine)

2002- The San Fransisco Bay just East of Alcatraz….
(On S/V Sapien, our second sailing adventure on that boat)

2003- Marina Bay, California…
(We fell in love with sailing together on S/V Sapien in and around the S.F. Bay).

James and Monitor

2004 Our first Monitor Winvane installed

Those Eyes!

2005- The Oakland Estuary

Butt Nekid in the Tropics

2006- 1000 miles West of the Golden Gate Bridge.
(Damn, that was really good rum!).

2007-  Radio Bay, Hilo, Hawaii…
(Yes, we sailed to Hawaii! It took 20 days, it was incredible!).

2008-  Trivandrum, Kerrala, India…

Solomans to Baltimore 056II

2009-  Heading North from Hampton, Virginia to Baltimore, Maryland under a bridge that no longer exists.

2010- Looking good in the Baltimore Inner Harbor and Middle River…


2011- Mid Chesapeake Bay off the Eastern Shore of Maryland…


2012 Finally, full beard, full sail, broad reaching off the Jersey Shore in the Atlantic Ocean! Damn good looking beard.


2013 Sailing into New Bedford, Ma on our way back to NYC.

2014 Bikeman- I do what I can. Wessagussett, Ma.

2015 The Lighthouse Keeper of Seguin Island, Me.
(Our first year as cruising editors for the Northern Waterway Guide).


2016 Sailing to Baltimore and back to Eastport on a race to find a winter home for the boat before going back to India to rebuild my mouth.

For My Mom

2017 with a new grill in Mahabalipurm, Tamil Nadu, Hindustand.

Anchored off the Eastern Promenade of Portland, Maine... Home for the winter!
New (to Us) Boat

2018 went from Charleston, SC to Robinhood Cove, Me aboard one boat but returned to Portland that year aboard a new boat, S/V S.N Cetacea.

Obligatory (content to be) aloft picture!!!
Aloft at last

2019 Started off buried in snow in Portland. Maine and ended back in Kerala, India with a wage slave sentence and a bunch of awesome sailing in the middle.

If I were a sculptor I'd do this in marble.
Photos of me by Dena Hankins

Underway in isolation, 2020

James patiently waiting for wind in the Atlantic off Hilton Head
2022 Was an entire year underway in the Northern Atlantic Ocean. It started in Lynn, Lynn the city of sin… from there we went south to Old Saybrook in search of, in vane, a crane to end janky mast pain. We missed our weather window to the Azores and sailed downeast to Maine, Grand Mannon Island in New Brunswick, The Bay of Fundy and Yarmouth, Nova Scocia and ending in Key West. Florida for a celebration of a life. I broke a rib coming out of New York Harbor and lost my mother whilst sailing down the Alligator River in North Carolina.
It was a hell of a year.
Good morning, James, says Beluga
In 2023 we sailed across the Atlantic Flow with our friend and gato, Beluga Greyfinger. We sailed to Bermuda from Fk. Lauderdale in 13 days 3 hours and 30 minutes then two weeks later we sailed to the Azores on a 29 day electric sailing adventure that changed our lives forever.
James at the oars
Rowing Man

2024 brought us to Ilha Terceria in the Azores on the second leg of our Electric Circumnavigation


  1. You’re still a good looking dude. I think Carefree took ten years off your life but you can’t tell by the pics! I see you sail naked and you do shave. Keep on keepin on Jimmy Crack Corn. You always have a friend in me. Have a fine nautical day.

  2. Good on ya.

    Nice life you & Dena have created!

    Found you on CL Maine at your boat for sale ad.

    Which country you going to?

  3. OK, Here we go. I need more info , on you.
    1. Who is the best guitarist ?
    2.Is it true ,you have saltwater in your veins?
    3. Do you have an addiction, to peeing in the ocean?
    4. Are Mermaids real or fictitious ?
    5. Would you bang one ,if they were real?
    6. What was the best day in your life?
    7. Who shot Kennedy?
    8. Do you have a superpower?
    9. Where is Jimmy Hoffa?
    10. If you had a chance for space travel , would you go ?
    That’s enough for now. Have a great day. Aloha Brah…

  4. Well, I should have guessed. It is true ,that I know you better than I have let on . But this is no surprise to you. The mermaid question was a giveaway. Thanks for playing, the Salty dog Questionnaire.

  5. Aloha my Friend,
    It was lite for a while.
    But again, I’m feeling your pain. I think that you are a great thinker.
    Your passion will never die. However, try get some free FM, in this market….
    Our newly ?… Discovered media MASS has been cooking us for years now.
    Yes, Global warming is something , many generations will have to face.
    But , will our generation be able to change it ?
    We have many things that will face us in life.
    I prefer to keep it simple. Can I get through this without “pandemic” or some other crazy fuckers mindset?
    We”ll see .My word for you is “Keep on Truckin”
    Joe Cocker still is….
    Aloha Brah,

  6. Aloha Tom,
    I don’t think that “many” generations will have to deal with global climate change at all, not human generations anyway…
    Don’t get me wrong I’m not that heavy and never have been, I will never procreate so I really could give a fuck about any other generation other than the one I’m in. I just know that this is the time in our history where as a species we have the resources, the talent and the technology to heal rather than continue to destroy… That’s all.

  7. Aloha My Friend,
    I’ve been checking in on you guy’s from time to time . I hope your “New” adventure’s are going well. Summer is at it’s close and soon ,too soon, you will be back to layered clothing. I just wanted to let you know that “We” (Kate,I & your followers) are hoping your safe and Happy. Drop a note , when you have time.
    Aloha as always,

  8. Hello James: Time of year WM lets me go. Just wanted to let you know,WM store is being rebuilt. Hope you both are O.K. Have not heard from you for some time.The summer
    seams to have gotten longer.Good for you two.
    Drop a line sometime.

  9. Writing to ask permission to use one of your photos in a website.

    When you have a moment, if you don’t mind, please contact me.

    Thank you for your time. Love your photos.


  10. Sure thing Dan…
    let me know which one you want to use and split any money you make off it 50/50 with me…
    I saw your cool website please post what you do with it when you can!

  11. James, not sure how else to reach you so here goes….you knew me as Heidi, or possibly ‘that baldchik.’ Ran into Devon at Filastine’s show in Oakland last month. Bob (Jensen) and I helped Grey and Nova pack up after the show. It was all a tiny mini reunion of sorts. If you haven’t met Nova, she’s amazing!

    In any case, glad you and Dena are developing a (healthy) addiction for India. I myself am already long addicted and have visited already 5 times and plan to return again when the time is right. Contact me! Would love to sync up somewheres and share stories about the decades passed. Of course, if you make it back to the Bay Area, look me up!

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