How-To Insulate Your Boat’s Windows

From the April 2021 48° North issue Spring is here, but outside it will still be predominantly cool and wet for a few months. Conversely and unsurprisingly, we would prefer the inside of our boats to be as warm and dry as…

How To: Smooth Reefing for Smooth Sailing

From the January 2021 issue of 48° North. Winter winds are here! It’s something to celebrate, but also something that requires special readiness. Being able to reduce sail to maintain better control of the boat is, of…

Love Thy Diesel: Part 2

PART 2: REGULAR, LONG-TERM MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST From the June 2019 issue of 48° North. Last month, we discussed how and why to go through a thorough checklist before starting up your boat’s diesel engine each day. This…

Love Thy Diesel

PART 1: A PROPER PRE-START CHECKLIST From the May, 2019 issue of 48° North. Whether it is the main engine or a generator, any engine has a checklist of things to go over in the course of normal operation, as well as regular…

The Ins-and-Outs of Using Your Horn Cleats

Cleats = Good. Proper Use = Even better! Properly installed horn cleats are some of the most important pieces of gear that we have aboard our boats. And it's also imperative to know how to use them them properly. You'd be…