James

I am a Photographer, a Writer, a Sailor and a Ships-Chandler.  I have lived aboard our boats for 17 of the past 18 years and I still believe it’s the best way for me to live on this planet.

I am also an anarchist, an atheist and a lacto-ovo-pescetarian but at this point I am so done with talking about my politics, my lack of religion and my diet that that’s about all I’ll say on the matters. Unless, of course you want to have a go, then it’s on…

Sailing to me is the one way that I’ve figured out how 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 three 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

…And just to qualify,

My partner is with me because she chooses to be…  My books I buy (sometimes), borrow and give away (sometimes), my music I pirate and my boat is such a complicated jumble of ancient, breakable technology that I worry very little about her sailing away without me, and besides, she’s booby-trapped, duh!

So here it is, the last 18 years of my life captured 1/250th of a second at a time…

1999
1999- the Puget Sound from Seattle to Vancouver Island and all points in between…
(Yes, I have a big pussy, what!?)

2000
2000- Winter in Blaine, Washington, lost in a boson’s locker…

2001
2001- The straight of Juan De Fuca heading to San Fransisco…
(14 ft following seas kicking our asses back to Port Angeles in a fog-soup with a dead engine,
“Living the Dream, baby!”)

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

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

2004
2004- The Oakland Inner Harbor and Alameda, California…
(Two seconds after this was taken I wacked my head on the boom, oh that sucked!)

2005
2005- Decker Island, up the California Delta.
(We circumnavigated the Isle of Decker by rowing, it took 3 hours, it hurt!).

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

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

2008
2008-  Trivandrum, Kerrala, India…
(We did not sail to India in ’08).

2009
2009-  Heading North from Hampton, Virginia to Baltimore, Maryland…
(Our first big adventure aboard S/V S.N. Intrepid, Itinerant-Nomad).

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

2011
2011- Fairly Creek, Eastern Shore of Maryland…


2012- Great Diamond Island, Casco Bay, Maine…
(Our first cruise to Maine, a life changer that one).

Brass
2013- Aboard Schooner, Mystic Whaler, New London, CT.
(Yep, orange tie dye).

BikeManIII
2014 On The Bumblebike, Wessagussett, Ma.

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

James

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

For My Mom

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

26 comments

  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.
    D

  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,
    Tom

  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,
    Tom

  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.
    Heinz

  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.

    Dan

  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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