photo Shoot 2018
Yale University Book Talk Event
OUT 'N' ABOUT
Coming into port
After 6 hours on the water and a great dinner on the rear deck, bringing her into port. Being a member of the Admirals Club was great. You picked up the boat fully fueled. When you brought her back, the dock hands fueled her and cleaned her. You gave them a nice tip and they took care of you every time. In a couple of days you saw the charge on your credit card. This day was about $2100 with fuel. About $350 per hour. It was so worth it.
Boats I rented
Some of the boats I used to rent in Cancun. Some had three motors and flew like the wind.
God creates beautiful sights.
God like sunset, but aren't they all.
It's clearly my boat.
Yep, I'm the Captain.
The city from offshore
I had a 55' boat for the evening in Aruba. This shot is from about 11 miles offshore of part of the city skyline at sunset. I love sunsets, marinas, and elegant down to earth women. A perfect night. I was married at the time. Not now.
Light my fire.
Soft night lights.
Quite tranquil while sitting on the dock with friends listening to music and having great conversation.
An ice cold beer is great on a hot, humid, summer day on the dock.
Huts by the pier.
Taken from the back of a 50' boat I rented in Aruba. Being a member of the Admirals Club and holding a USCG Master Captain's License, I was able to take them out them.
Another sunset in Aruba
This was a 54' boat I had for the night. Sunset cruises are the best. The water was calm. A friend I met who was also held a USCG Master Captain's License belonged to the same club. It was awesome, we never needed a captain. We got to play. If we were there at the same time, we'd go out for a sunset cruise and dinner on board. HE took this from the boat he rented. This baby was a beauty. Clocked about 60 mph with three engines.
Our I dock ducks.
They're so needy. But so cute. They love Honey Nut Cheerios.
Come stay awhile.
See me, get here.
Get the boats safely into the harbor.
God bless the United States Coast Guard.
Never look up and smile when someone is holding a camera.
I'm sailing away.
Just a beautiful sight. Sails up, with the wind in your face. Who cares about a bad hair day.
Are you hungry?
Dock up and have a bite to eat.
I'm sexy and I know it.
Just because I love a pretty lighthouse.
Our theme shirt for the trip.
16 of us on our 2012 cruise. We did one each year. Everyone wore the same shirts.
Who needs a hotel.
Block Island Old Harbor
Lighthouse Connecticut River
Lighthouse on Block Island
Out 'N' About
My 34' boat in Connecticut. I love her. But 2018 will be our last year together. If all goes well, I expect to be living on a 55' boat outside of downtown Sarasota at the beginning of 2020.
Out 'N' About
Dave, Bryan, Shannon and myself. My second family.
Coming back from Greenport
Those that know me would tell you that in between writing, and working as a Master Boat Captain every summer, I take weekend get-a-ways, and manage to make time to take a couple of weeks off and take a cruise on my boat, Out ‘N’ About. She's a 34.5-foot seaworthy power sports cruiser that has taken me too many places and provided me with wonderful experiences. We take care of one another. The best part is, she doesn’t yell at me. Boating is my passion and my escape. Everyone needs an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. When you're far enough offshore you learn quickly, that no matter how loud anyone yells from land, or how high they jump, you can’t see or hear them. During those times you are at one with God and the sea. Your heart, mind, and soul, are as one. You appreciate all the wonderful gifts God has given us to behold. You have a sense of freedom and peace that runs on your clock.
I have visited many seaports along the East Coast and have met fascinating and interesting people. Boaters all share the same passion and desire to escape. In those moments, we leave our life, drama, and troubles behind. As a boat captain, I have the opportunity to operate many different types of vessels and meet a wide variety of people. You learn a great deal about life by talking with others. The sunrise and sunsets are breathtaking. Each seaport holds a special meaning. The feel of the wind and the smell of the salt air cleanses the soul. The challenge of navigating rough waters makes you feel alive. Every one of your senses is heightened. You appreciate all you have been gifted with as these experiences provide ideas for your future. In my 37 years of boating, I have learned that when I retire, I want to live on a larger boat in an area where I can travel to different places and meet new people. Enjoy life, and keep writing. As part of my "Master Plan," you know the one, we all have one. This season, I decided it was time to sell my 15-year-old best friend and prepare to buy my next boat next year. As sad as it was to see her leave port under a new name with a new captain at the helm, I knew it was time. My next one will be a 50 to 60-foot boat. I dedicate this page to everyone who has a dream and passion. Everyone who takes the time to partake and experience the things in life they love. We only have one life we know of. Take time to enjoy your passions. Life is not a single moment. It's a series of many moments when added together, give you your life. Embrace each one. Life's moments are denied to many. Enjoy - CJR