The Cruising Cure

With Jill at the helm and me working lines and placing fenders, we coaxed Yahtzee off the dock against the protests of a stiff cross-breeze at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes. It was one of those winter southeasterlies that…

Holiday Splendor Around the Salish Sea

It’s no secret that winter cruising in the Pacific Northwest can be difficult. But it’s also an incredible time of year to get out and discover unique holiday events and the beauty of empty anchorages around the Salish Sea.…

Thanksgiving Aboard

Rewarding No Matter Where You Go or What You Eat The sweet smell of pumpkin pie wafted through the cabin and out of the companionway as Jill hoisted the tasty dessert up to me. Admiring it, I gently placed it under Yahtzee’s…

Winter Hidey-Holes of the Salish Sea | Portland Island

With winter on the horizon, two things are bound to happen in the coming months in the Salish Sea: low pressure systems will sweep in off the Pacific Ocean bringing strong southerlies, and brisk northerlies will push down…

Good Times, Cool Boats at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland

The United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland wrapped up its 5-day event on Monday, and what a show it was! It has been a few years since I've attended the largest sailboat show in North America and, I have to say,…

48° North-Ullman Sails Rally Recap

A typical day of sailing during this year’s rally. Beautiful weather and new friends create cruising success Working our way along the northwestern shore of Orcas Island, I counted five boats with full sails enjoying the…

Destinations: Kenai Peninsula Discovered

In our latest Throwback Thursday, find adventure and solitude in this stunning cruiser's playground. Reaching south out of Resurrection Bay past the Rugged Islands, a large easterly swell rolls from our port side, and a…

Yahtzee’s Colombian Hurricane Home and Spa

It was about 8:15 a.m. when I climbed off Yahtzee's stern onto the dock in Cartagena. The sun had been up for a couple hours and the Caribbean heat was already blazing. As I slid into my flip-flops and shouldered my…

Images from the 48° North-Ullman Sails Cruising Rally

Perfect weather, great sailing, new friends and orcas have punctuated this annual week of cruising in company! We're currently on the last full day of the 2022 48° North-Ullman Sails Cruising Rally in the gorgeous San Juan…

Anchoring Etiquette

4 Keys to Being a Good Neighbor On the Water From the July 2020 48° North issue Whether it’s the most popular bay in the San Juan Islands, a quiet cove in south Puget Sound, a tiny nook in British Columbia or a…