Spontaneity Rewarded

From the March, 2021 issue of 48° North. Reminiscing on unplanned racing, downwind sailing and idyllic anchorages turning from winter to spring Flying the spinnaker as we head north towards Port Townsend. When we hoisted…

Destination El Salvador: Embracing a New Country and Cruising Style

Motoring over a glass calm sea towards the coast of El Salvador, the excitement of getting to a new country is palpable. To the east, the sun has just come up and is throwing golden light on conical volcanos and then…

Video: Heading to Alaska? Baranof Island’s Warm Springs Bay Can’t Be Missed

Southeast Alaska is home to innumerable cruising destinations that beckon to be explored — Warm Springs Bay is near the very top of the list. Over the past couple weeks I've been hearing chatter from Washington- and…

R2AK 2021 Canceled, But the News Isn’t All Bad…

There's no other way to break the news than to just say it: Race to Alaska (R2AK) 2021 has been canceled. Being a R2AK alumni and finisher in 2018, it's particularly disappointing to me because I know how amazing the race is…

Lazy days in Zihuatanejo

Looking skyward from our dinghy, I watch dozens of dark brown frigate birds whirl overhead in continually shrinking circles. They soon begin to dive all around the small cove, hitting the water with a splash, setting the…

Thanksgiving Aboard

Rewarding No Matter Where You Go or What You Eat From the November 2020 issue of 48° North. The sweet smell of pumpkin pie wafted through the cabin and out of the companionway as Jill hoisted the tasty dessert up to me.…

#TBT: Fall Cruising Adventures | Circumnavigating Fidalgo Island

Looking back down memory lane at some classic fall cruising adventures, here's a post for Throwback Thursday (#TBT) I wrote on November 20, 2015, about cruising around Fidalgo Island. “Why not go down to Deception Pass?” my…

Sail On: Catalina Yachts Announces Passing of CEO and Designer Frank Butler

The crew at 48° North was saddened to learn that the founder and CEO of Catalina Yachts, Frank Butler, passed away on November 15. In 1969 Frank Butler built the first Catalina sailboat, the Catalina 22, in North Hollywood,…

Destination Manzanillo: Thankful for the freedom of cruising

In the month of November leading up to Thanksgiving, we have a running family tradition aboard Yahtzee to go around the table during a meal each day and share one thing we’re thankful for. A couple days after dropping anchor…

Back to Mexico and a Return to the Cruising Life

Walking down the dock the other day, I stopped in my tracks, looked at Yahtzee and smiled. What a magical piece of fiberglass, metal, canvas and ropes this thing is. Our home for over 8 years, Porter and Magnus have lived…