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My nautical stories have been published in magazines in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Great Britain, including Professional Boat BuilderGood Old Boat, International Yachtsman, Wooden Boat, Dinghy Sailor, Cruising World, Workboat, Showboats and dozens of other publications. I’ve written for Northwest Yachting (as a contributing writer) and Pacific Yachting (as a columnist) for a decade and a half.

Below are just a few of my marine tales. To read sample PDF articles, click on the highlighted titles. To view PDFs, CLICK HERE to download free Adobe Acrobat Reader.


 Beyond the Stars in Glacier Bay




B.C.'s Majestic Fjords

After rounding Cape Scott in our Hanse 411, Beyond the Stars, sailing east across the top of Vancouver Island and visiting Telegraph Cove, my husband David and I began exploring the many inlets and channels that cleave British Columbia’s mainland.(Pacific Yachting)



Revealing the Salish Sea's Secrets 

The ocean is more than just our cruising ground, and Ocean Networks Canada is using exciting new technology to see what lies beneath B.C.’s coastal waters (Pacific Yachting).





Alaska Bound 

Beyond the Stars' prop goes walkabout and the Scott's learn and appreciate more of Alaska's culture.

After a diver finds the propeller in the glacial muck of Glacier Bay, my husband David tries to put all eighteen bits together again.(Northwest Yachting). 




Glaciers of Alaska

 A magnificent blue iceberg has calved off Tracy Arm’s South Sawyer Glacier north of Juneau, Alaska (Pacific Yachting).

My bi-monthly column in Pacific Yachting, called "Coastal Characters," profiles people whose lives have been touched by sea.




Susan Pickrell

With a distinguished career in maritime search and rescue, Susan Pickrell continues to work to save lives on the water....check out more.




Captain Gordon Coutts

Capt. Gordon Coutts safely collects and delivers BC’s coastal marine pilots to freighters, cruise ships and container ships in BC’s rough norther waters...check out more.





Greg Marshall, Megayacht Designer

Having designed some of the world’s finest megayachts, local yacht designer Greg Marshall has built a reputation as one of the top naval architects around. He’s also seen into the lives of the super rich and lived to tell about it.

World-famous naval architect Greg Marshall (right), with business partner and naval architect Gordon Galbraith after winning a prestigious yacht design award. 


Mike DeRoos puts together marine mammal skeletons with skill, precision and art.

 Through Harbour Publishing, Howard White has showcased British Columbia’s coastal people for decades. Because of his books and chronicles, the history of loggers, fisherman, bush pilots, boat builders and other hard-working, every-day folk have been preserved.

Boat Builders

 Pacific Grace on Juan de Fuca Strait.

The schooner, Pacific Grace, is used for sail training young people. This tale, published by WoodenBoat, reveals how the ship was built the old-fashioned way.

Istanbul on the Bosporus.

Turkey builds beautiful, cold-molded yachts for export, mostly to the United States. I visited the Vicem plants in Istanbul and Antalya and wrote this article for Professional Boatbuilder






This detailed article for Professional Boatbuilder describes the rise of the Hanse brand. The factory is located in Greifswald, Germany.









Greifswald across from the Hanse plant.

Boat Reviews

I have reviewed superyachts for Showboats, Yachts International, Boat International US and UK, and Ocean. My reviews have also appeared in several Megayacht coffee-table books.

This recent review of the new Nordhavn 120, Aurora, and its maiden voyage from Xiamen, China, to Vancouver was published in Australia’s Ocean.