The definitive GEORGE DIBBERN web site, devoted to his life, family and friends; to his book Quest (the new reprint edition — now in its second printing — is  available for purchase here); his ketch Te Rapunga; his passport and flag; his biography Dark Sun: Te Rapunga and the Quest of George Dibbern by Erika Grundmann (also available for purchase here).   Included on this site are photos and information for which there wasn't room in Dark Sun nor in Quest, or which I have acquired since publication of the books, as well as articles, reviews, newsletters, feedback, etc. 


From 1993 till 2003, with the support of Dibbern's family, I researched and documented the adventurous and committed life of George Dibbern, a fun-loving vagabond, visionary and controversial sailor-philosopher with views well ahead of his time; I examined what motivated him, the sacrifices he made and what became of the family he left behind in Germany. The ensuing biography, titled Dark Sun: Te Rapunga and the Quest of George Dibbern, is a timely and inspiring chronicle of what one man can accomplish when he thinks for himself and acts upon his convictions.

In addition, my goal to bring about an affordable reprint of George Dibbern's much sought-after book Quest—anyone who has looked to buy a copy recognizes the need—has finally been met. The process took several tries and in the end I self-published, but to see the new Quest take shape has been very rewarding.

I welcome input from those who have known Dibbern, who have anecdotes, newspaper clippings, or photographs to share.

Update August 2015:

Unfortunately, real life has a way of taking over as has been the case for me for the past two years. Although it's summer and garden/ harvesting/ preserving time just now, a newsletter with events and new information of interest collected over the past two years will be available within the next few months.

However I must point out, both sadly and gladly, that Dark Sun  is now out of print and I have no more copies to sell. I am looking into the possibility of re-issuing it as an e-book, but that will take time. In the meantime, some book sellers might still have new copies of the book, and used copies of Dark Sun are available on line.

In contrast, after a second print run, Quest by George Dibbern is readily available for purchase on this web site. 


New findings—and I never cease to be amazed at who and what come to light—are included in my ~quarterly newsletter. If you wish to be on the mailing list please email me with "yes to newsletter" in the subject line.