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.

Where’s Dennison?

Kuan Yin is currently out of the water in L’Anse au Diable in Labrador, Canada. I’ll be sandblasting and repainting the hull, and rerigging in June before intending to depart across the Atlantic to the Azores in early July.

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Regular Facebook updates at: Captain Cook’s Unfinished Voyage


16 comments on “Where’s Dennison?

  1. Sue Sutton
    May 27, 2011

    Hi Dennison,
    Was thinking about you recently as I was in India, staying at an Ashram on the shores of the Ganga (a fair way north of Rishikesh, so lovely and clean). That’s one of your books I haven’t read, so I’m trying to track it down (I work part-time in a bookstore when I’m here in Canada so I’ll find it). I just stumbled across your site and am looking forward to reading more when I get some time. Sounds like you continue to live a life of adventure – as do I, I still credit you with getting me off my duff and on to Africa, all those years ago, and my husband and I have a shack (truly) in Costa Rica and learning Spanish is our primary hobby (plus I’m teaching yoga) – this winter will likely see us heading south from Oaxaca to as far as we can get in SA. Perhaps – I hope – we’ll connect again someday and catch up. Until then, happy, safe adventures to you.


  2. Rick, Lee and Little Ricky
    July 20, 2011

    Dennison, where are you? We are in Hawaii and back in SE Asia, wondering where you are? We are trying to follow the tracking you set up, however,it doesn’t seem to work. When you come ashore, give all us followings a blow-by-blow update! Hugs, kisses, and concerns from Hawaii to Thailand to Krabi. Miss you. Rick, Lee, Little Ricky, and Oui
    July 20, 2011


  3. Brian Lumley
    July 21, 2011

    Hi Dennison;

    How are you doing? Where are you? Have you run into Issuma on your travels? He is in or near Cartwright Labrador right now



  4. Bob Deschene
    August 6, 2011

    Well Dennison you didn’t show up in Brighton & Hove so assuming you didn’t take the ship’s medical course at Southampton. I am off to Vancouver in October to see my son and hopefully buy a campervan so Janice and I can trip around North America in 2012. I will be in Toronto early November for a couple of weeks so if you are around drop me an email.

    May the universe continue to coddle you in its loving hand.



  5. Brian Lumley
    August 12, 2011

    Ahoy Dennison;

    Hope all is well



  6. Elaine Gelsumini
    August 15, 2011

    Dennison – just wanted to send you a quick note to say that it was great to meet you – I suppose if your boat hadn’t broken down, we never would have had the pleasure of spending time with you. Good luck with you adventure. I plan to find some of your books for Hayden to read – she thinks your life has been quite exotic. Take care – safe travels.



  7. Kong Kie
    August 15, 2011

    Hi, Den:

    Thinking of you.



  8. Mark Tozzio
    August 16, 2011

    Dear Dennison:

    I just finished reading your book – Savages: Life and Killing of the Yanomami – and found the material to be interesting and factual. I wrote my thesis in 1975 on Tropical Human Ecology of the Amazonia (Univ of Washington, Seattle) and discussed the challenges the native population was facing as the “colonization” of the Amazon was accelerating as a reault of the Trans Amazon Highway being constructed at that time. I plan to publish the original work and add a second part to the book that provides a current assessment of the state of the indigenous population (“savages”) as they struggle to survive the “civilization” process in Amazonia. I would like to talk with you about collaborating on the 2011 book — please let me know if you have an interest. Thanks mark tozzio, MA-IHHS, FACHE 918-521-7468.


  9. Bob Jacobs
    August 20, 2011

    Dennison, hoped to track your sailings but Spot does not seem to work. Hope all is well by you and that you will be making your way back to CM later in the year…All the best, Bob


  10. Orland
    July 8, 2012

    Think about you very often and now wondering are you actually “on the water” heading towards
    The Ungava? Nary a response except through your website. Want to folllow your travels on a real
    map. Love and good wishes from Casa Paradiso in nouvelle e’cosse!


  11. Orland
    July 21, 2012

    Have found you on the coast of Labrador! THANKS for your contact information.”Feeling” your way north.Safe journey.You are embedded in my thoughts!July 20th with a few TALLSHIPS seen today in the Halifax Harbour. Have a visitor here from Oslo. He’s also interested in your progress!


  12. Brian Lumley
    August 17, 2012

    Ahoy Dennison
    Good to see you are under way.
    I like the Spot map you are laying out. I am teaching Marine Radio for CPS and we are introducing the Spot and other units like it. If your map is still up for the next class I teach may I use it as an example.
    I saw the pictures of your preserves, did you do the canning on board Kuan Yin? It is something I keep thinking about.
    How are you being received along the Labrador coast?


  13. Gladys Hill
    August 18, 2012

    Hi Dennison
    I hope your travels are going well, the weather here in Cartwrght has quickly turned to fall and so as winter approaches I am gathering in the berries and fish. I wish for you a great winter and look forward to seeing you here again next year, please keep in touch.


  14. Jennifer Cook
    August 31, 2012

    Dennison, I wonder where you are? It appears that you are on your way back to St. Anthony but perhaps the system is not working. I hope all is well. I was sorry to miss you in St. Anthony – my friend and I had a wonderful time in Nfld. in July. All the best, Jennifer


  15. Paul
    September 6, 2012

    Hi Dennison,

    Have enjoyed your writing for sometime now. It’s a pity though that you are not making them available in ebook form as ebooks are so very convenient on board a boat.

    As you probably know, the Yahoo Tahitiana group has become dormant and Clive does not seem interested in it. Scot Johnkins and myself have attempted to to bring it back to life but Clive (it’s owner) has not responded to our requests. So we have started a new Yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TahitianaOwnersGroup/ . Which we hope can become vibrant and active. We are moderating all membership requests and first posts to try to keep out spam and “unsuitable” members/content. I am the owner of the Tahitiana “La Chica” (I built her and have had her for 23 years), Scot owns an Elco and is a close friend of Western Farmers grandson. So we have a real interest and commitment to the Tahitianna and to Farmers designs in general. I do not have your email so I thought to use this comment to bring the group to your attention. I hope you will consider joining us. A word smith of your talent who is also an owner and fan of the Tahitiana word be a real asset to our budding group.

    Hoping you will consider and accept my invitation.

    Paul Thompson


  16. Gearoid O Croinin
    October 2, 2012

    rather anxious not to have news of you in an age and your page hasn’t been updated for a while, it would seem.Are you surrounded by ice and fog, or basking in BKK?
    Hope to hear from you anon,
    Monsieur G


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