Sea Change: A Man, a Boat, and a Journey Home



In this fast-paced and rollicking book, author Maxwell Taylor Kennedy takes readers on a wild ride as he relates the harrowing voyage to deliver his boat, Valkyrien, a 90-foot dilapidated wooden schooner, from San Francisco to Washington, DC. From day one, Kennedy and his skeleton crew face difficult odds and personal danger in their quest to make the crossing. Rich in nautical detail and humor, Kennedy recounts his adventure--its pleasures and perils--as he encounters never-ending technical problems and a hilarious cast of characters. As everything goes wrong and trouble and losses mount, Kennedy must rely on instinct and a lifetime of sailing experience to endure, steered by the love of his family, his respect for the sea, and his admiration for those who dare to venture far from shore.

Product Details

Islandport Press
Publish Date
May 15, 2018
5.5 X 0.8 X 8.5 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Maxwell Taylor Kennedy is a sailor, attorney, historian, and teacher. He is the author of Danger's Hour: The Story of the USS Bunker Hill and the Kamikaze Pilot Who Crippled Her, and the best-selling compilation, Make Gentle the Life of this World: the Vision of Robert F. Kennedy and the Words that Inspired Him. He lives with his family in California and Cape Cod.


"I detest swimming, boats of all stripes, every variety of fish, and anything maritime in general, including nautical fashion . . . And yet, after reading Max Kennedy's brilliant and compelling journey, I'm now ready to grow a beard, stock up on provisions, and set sail into the sunset. Coming about!"-- (06/04/2018)
"A fascinating, harrowing, and ultimately uplifting tale of one man's struggle with his demons and the elements, Sea Change will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end."--Nathaniel Philbrick, National Book Award Winner, In the Heart of the Sea (06/04/2018)
"I wonder how men can set on a voyage into black water filled with demons. The truth is we set sail with our own demons. This is a daring story of perseverance, desperation, self-enlightenment and humility. A man, a boat, a dream of the sea. This is the story of a mariner and love."-- (06/04/2018)
"Sea Change is a riveting sailing story, deeply thoughtful and startlingly honest in the telling."--The Miramichi Reader (07/23/2018)