Photographer • Storyteller • Adventurer • Sailor


David at the helm of Searcher, the family’s 57-foot Bowman Ketch--100 miles north of Bermuda, winds 35 knots gusting to 40, seas 15 to 20-feet. The family spent the winter  (2009-10) exploring the Eastern Caribbean as far south as Grenada sailing more than 5,000 miles.  You can read about the voyage at Photo by Julie Robinson Lyman.

Mentoring & Coaching

Need someone to look at your work, provide advise on how to realize a dream? Need help with an idea, project or career? Starting a business?  Looking for a professional mentor to guide you through the Creative Process?

I’ve been helping artists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, fellow entrepreneurs, boat owners and crews--professionals as well as amateurs--launch careers, start a business, publish a book, make a movie . . . or make that big voyage into the unknown.

You and I can work face-to-face, one-on-one, on-line . . .


SEMINAR: Offshore Passage-making to the Caribbean

David is an experienced professional skipper, with more than 40,000 sea miles, and over 40 years of coastal and offshore voyaging. He has owned, outfitted and sailed 4 boats, 34 to 57 feet, sailed between Maine and the Caribbean a dozen times, made more than 20 crossings of the Gulf Stream. He has written about offshore passage-making, hurricane survival, and family voyaging.  Hi
s lectures and classes cover all aspects of offshore sailing and how to deliver your boat from New England to the Caribbean, for a winter of cruising. His one-day workshop covers costs, where to go,  how to get there, and get back-safely. Click here for a look at his lecture slides.

The Moon Cusser Folk Music Coffee House

1963 - 2013 -

Looking back at that first year on the Vineyard . . . 50 years ago.  I created one of my first real magical places. The Moon Cusser Coffee House and Folk Music Center, on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard Island. This converted super-market, played a key role in the lives and professional careers of many who spent their summer there. Here I reminisce about the beginning of that magical experience and share some of the posters and other literature in my files.

The Bert and I Company of Maine, LLC

I’ve been working for 2 years with Cherie Hoyt, an old friend, to acquire an exclusive license to the Bert
and I brand of Maine Humor and its intellectual property.  That happened in August of 2012. We are now searching throughout northern New England for new voices, new stories, new characters-- for The Bert and I Stage and Radio Show, a new series of CDs and DVDs, the Bert and I Movie, and a subsequent television series--all to be produced here in Maine, based on the characters and stories of the original Bert and I humor recordings.

Marshall Dodge, as The “I” in Bert and I, my photo of 1976.


Photographic Etudes - Exercises in Visual Skills

Getting better at seeing, at recognizing situations where interesting photographs may lurk is a skill, an awareness, that can be taught. I’ve been doing that for 50 years--tea
ching people to see. There are hundreds of self-assignments we can give ourselves to develop our visual skills. They are etudes, and every musician practices them, and so should we. Click on the title above to see a few of these photographic etudes.

(Wall and doorway in Bermuda)


Offshore Passage-maker

We want to help you get your boat (and your crew) ready for an offshore voyage to the Caribbean.  We are hard at work creating short, informative videos and written articles. We are interviewing pro skippers, crews, owners and technical experts providing a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Our contributors have made the numerous round trip voyages from the US East Coast and Europe to the Caribbean and back, delivering their own boats and boats of others, and freely share their wisdom to make your voyages and cruising safer and more enjoyable.

Click here for a video report on last fall’s NARC Ralley . . .  from Newport to Bermuda to the British Virgin Islands.