Upgrade your boat from home: Splice Dyneema soft shackles

One of the most productive things you can do for your boat while self isolating and social distancing is to learn something new. Fortunately, YouTube is full of tutorials for the modern sailor to add tricks to their bag of…

Looking for laughter and inspiration in these trying times? Watch this.

Sitting at home or on your boat and looking for something to watch? This is one of my favorite sailing documentaries, which follows the life of a charismatic sailor and his unconventional voyage around the globe. A must see…

Product News March 2020

From the March issue of 48° North AnchorRescue II AnchorRescue II anchor recovery system Scanmar International recently announced the redesign and launch of the AnchorRescue II anchor recovery system. Allowing mariners to…

Unlocking the New R2AK Puzzle

One Change, So Many Options From the March issue or 48° North, photos courtesy of Drew Malcolm When Race to Alaska (R2AK) teams hoist their sails outside of Victoria Harbour on June 11, 2020, some of them will be faced with…

Throttling back to slow mode

From the Pacific Northwest and Alaska to Mexico, our best cruising is done in the slow lane Yahtzee and Arrow anchored off the beach at Chacala. “You guys should stay another day to surf, Andy. You don’t have to leave…

Seattle’s Dick Rose Awarded US Sailing’s Harman Hawkins Trophy

A Champion of Sailing in the Pacific Northwest Gets National Recognition for Achievements The annual US Sailing Association Award winners were celebrated on Thursday evening February 6, 2020, aboard the USS Midway in San…

Choose Your Winter Cruising Adventure

This is the third in Andy Cross's excellent series about winter cruising destinations around the Puget Sound region. If you missed the others, be sure to check them out: Winter Anchorages of Puget Sound and Holiday Splendor…

One Tack & Two Jibes

One Tack & Two Jibes 1,300 Miles from Alaska to San Francisco Wedged between the lee cloth and cushions on Yahtzee’s starboard settee, I stare aloft through the dark of the cabin and the main hatch, listening intently to the…

Happy New Year from the Yahtzee crew

What a year it has been. After our second winter in Seward, we emphatically tossed Yahtzee’s dock lines aboard and set off on May 24 to explore more of our beloved Alaska before turning south. Now, writing this from the…

Winter Cruising Destinations: Holiday Splendor in the San Juan and Gulf Islands

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.…