Jim Gilbert

Author Jim Gilbert recently stood shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the richest, most powerful people in the world as the founding editor-in-chief and later owner of ShowBoats International, the bible of the superyacht industry.

Jim was instrumental in founding the nonprofit International SeaKeepers Society, an organization of more than 100 ultra-wealthy yacht owners concerned with the health of the sea who donated a minimum of $75,000 to advance the cause of marine conservation. He founded the annual SeaKeepers Award, which was annually presented with the Prince of Monaco at his magazine's annual Bal de le Mer gala. Ocean-conscious luminaries as Walter Cronkite, Ted Danson, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mikhail Gorbachev, James Cameron and Jean-Michel Cousteau were recipients. 

In recognition of his instrumental role in the development of the superyacht industry, in 2006 Jim received the prestigious Leadership Award from the International Superyacht Society.

In The Admiral, Jim combines his passion for boats and his concern about the future of the seas in a way he believes might challenge those with whom he socialized.

“I wouldn't be surprised some will consider me a turncoat,” he says, "for describing a not-too-distant-future in which yachts are no longer the ultimate residences for the super-rich. In The Admiral, yachts are merely decaying homes for a lucky few who have escaped an environmental apocalypse caused by selfish and narcissistic behavior.”

The Admiral is an attempt to educate people by telling a compelling, swashbuckling--and yet scientifically credible yarn--that gives his readers a glimpse of the future of our own making.

Book(s) By Jim Gilbert


1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

I'm a professional editor and journalist who spent the last 25 years in the luxury yacht world as the founder and editor in chief of ShowBoats International magazine. I'm a surfer, sailor and fly-fisherman and both in love with and concerned for, the oceans. I also have a house in the Ecuadorian Andes, where I now write.

2. Describe your book The Admiral in 30 words or less. 

The Admiral is a swashbuckling Cli-Fi novel about how a reclusive mid-oceanic community of aging yachts at the end of this century continues to survive amidst pirates, plagues and continuing climate change.

3. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The two years of research into the science behind climate change and sea level rise.

4. What books have had the greatest influence on you?

The enormous volume of literature that spells out, quite clearly, what the coming century has in store for us.

5. Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?

I work hard to get people to review my book. Sale are the tip of the iceberg. A book thrives only by word-of-mouth.

6. How do you spend your time when you are not writing?

Ocean waves and trout tend to exist in beautiful places.

7. What are you working on next?

A sequel to The Admiral, tentatively titled The Gyre. And another Cli-Fi book set in the Florida Keys.

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