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Tales from Talespinner

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Fort Lauderdale, FL
About Me:
I write nautical suspense fiction and while I used to live aboard my Caliber 33 TALESPINNER in Fort Lauderdale, I've recently moved into a studio. I've cruised off and on for more than 30 years in the North and South Pacific, the Atlantic and the Caribbean. These days I teach English at Broward College for 9 months of the year so that I can cruise for 3 months in the summer.
Current location:
26 07.3 N : 80 07.26 W
Destinations visited:
Hawaii, Marquesas, Tuamotus, Society Islands, Cook Islands, Nuie, Tonga, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Fanning Island, California, Baja, Acapulco, Costa Rica, Panama, San Blas Islands, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Culebra, Virgins, St. Martin and the Leewards, the Windwards, Trinidad, Venezuela, Margarita, Bahamas, Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas, ICW, Chesapeake, Long Island Sound, New England, Southern Maine.
Looking to:
Sail to the Bahamas and Keys for a few months now, later, I'd love to cruise the Eastern US coast, the Western Caribbean and the Med.

Cruising the Abacos

You can follow my current adventures through my Sailblog at

and my dog keeps going down and getting on the computer. I think he might be keeping his own blog. Check it out at

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Just Like a Woman

Posted on August 23, 2008 at 12:22am 3 Comments

Cooley’s Landing Marina

26 07.03N: 80 08.96W

Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Isolated showers and thunderstorms.

I met a fellow today who told me that Tropical Storm Fay is behaving just like a woman – she just won’t leave us alone.

Then I got an email from a dear friend today who wrote, “The world assumes you made it home safely…..”

I’m… Continue

Thinking the Worst Can Be the Best

Posted on June 29, 2008 at 10:07pm 3 Comments



I’m sitting in the main salon of my boat docked at the Blue Water Marina in Bimini listening to the sound of lapping water, distant music and the thrumming of a boat’s generator one dock over. At least tonight, I’m still awake past nine. Last night I was dead to the world at this hour.

I made my first overnight passage alone and nothing went wrong and I wasn’t scared out of my wits. Partly… Continue

Going to Sea

Posted on June 26, 2008 at 9:03pm 3 Comments

26 21.23N:76 59.15W

Scattered Clouds. High: 86° F. Wind ESE 8 mph.

The time has come to say good-bye to my summer sail through the Abacos. I have been down here at the southern end of the sea of Abaco going into Little Harbor and enjoying beers and the company at Pete’s Pub – and going out and anchoring off of Lynyard Cay and snorkeling and playing fetch with my dog Chip on the long empty sandy beaches. It has been a glorious… Continue

By the Book

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 10:09pm 1 Comment

Hopetown Harbor

26 32.25N:76 57.60W

Scattered Clouds. Low: 80° F. Wind ESE 8 mph.

I’ve been sitting on a mooring in Hopetown Harbor, Elbow Cay for about five days watching all the boats come and go here in this very busy little harbor. There are ferryboats, fishing boats, dive boats, dinghies, charter boats, and cruisers. The harbor is so small and tight with moorings, they don’t allow anchoring. As soon as anyone gets… Continue

It's All About Amps, Baby

Posted on June 17, 2008 at 9:56pm 6 Comments

There are people who have written to me and asked about the snorkeling and diving in the Abacos and they have tried to remind me that the beauty of this part of the world is all under water. They are right. I can’t argue that point. However, that isn’t why I am here.

I have to go to work every day. Okay, sure, I am in paradise if you are a sailor and a diver, but the fact is that I must finish this book. I know people who live in some… Continue

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At 12:54pm on September 25, 2010, Jim Malone gave Christine Kling a gift
Christine keep writing those books...I look forward to reading some of your books...Jim
At 11:44pm on July 22, 2010, Marlene A. Sassaman said…
Hi Christine,
I like your photo entry; so simple, so beautiful being out on the water in the calm of a morning sun or evening moon. Wish I could have joined you on your cruise from Abaco to NC. My summer was a 'stay home' and plan for next year,,,,,,,Sail safely and hope to x paths again, soon!
At 10:51pm on February 9, 2010, Melissa Renee said…
Hey Christine. I see you are working the SSCA booth on Sat.. I am working the same time slot on Sunday. I hope to make it over on Sat too. If so I will stop by to say Hi.
At 7:45pm on March 14, 2009, paul green said… dogs are a bit bigger..50 lb. Bearded Collies! :-)
The photos are deceptive.
Wagon Wheel????? Where is that?
At 11:56am on March 10, 2009, Bill said…
Thanks for the name Christine,
At 10:36am on March 9, 2009, Bill said…
Good Morning Christine,
How's Ft. Lauderdale these days. I sure hope your new book comes out soon. I'm out of reading material. Do you have any authors you would suggest with novels like yours. I really like the ones that use water, island and boats as part of the story. Any great plans for sailing this summer?
Take Care, Bill
At 12:49am on March 5, 2009, paul green said…
hi ck...take a look at my profile..see why i joined...and thx for the welcome.
At 11:36pm on February 25, 2009, Pete said…
Sure I recognize the scene. It's on the north dock, looking out toward the "lighthouse" that's not for navigational purposes and has an annoying strobe flasher instead of a proper beacon. Then again, my boat is on the south dock, facing away from the lighthouse, so what's my problem? Anyway, thanks for stopping by my SeaKnots page. See ya in NYC, perhaps.
At 12:30pm on January 28, 2009, Dave Skolnick said…
Iced in and a little chilly. This afternoon will be spent under a quilt and re-reading Surface Tension in the desperate hope that it will make me somehow feel warmer.
At 11:06am on January 7, 2009, Mary Ann Hernandez said…
thanks - I will

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