#TBT: Revisiting a Legend — R.M. “Tolly” Tollefson

In our latest Throwback Thursday, we honor legendary Pacific Northwest boat designer and builder, R.M. “Tolly” Tollefson; written by Deborah Bach for his 100th birthday. He is one of the Northwest’s most enduring and…

Three Sheets NW: Princess Louisa Inlet

One of several pleasant surprises about Backeddy Resort & Marina was its walkable proximity to witness the raw power of the tidal exchange at Skookumchuck Narrows. We sat on our boat on a Friday in mid-July, dejectedly…

Cowichan Bay: A Charming Seaside Village with a Throwback Vibe

Marinas at Cowichan Bay have a mix of working boats and recreational vessels. The first hint about the place we would be arriving at was the marina. As we headed toward Cowichan Bay, a village on the east coast of southern…

An Enduring Sailmaking Legacy in a New Era

A legendary sailmaker passes the torch to a Port Townsend maritime trades collective. This article was originally published in the February 2022 issue of 48° North. For a time, it seemed that one of Port Townsend’s most…

Three Sheets Northwest: Sailing Home to British Columbia

This article was originally published in the November 2021 issue of 48° North Sitting in our cockpit off Jones Island at sundown, I looked to the northeast and watched as shifting tones of pink, peach, and slate enveloped…

Three Sheets Northwest: After Nearly A Decade, A Boat Is Reborn

This article was originally published in the September 2021 issue of 48° North. Some things just can’t be rushed. So it was with the renaming of our boat, the vessel formerly known as Meridian. We knew when we bought our…

Three Sheets Northwest: Spring Surprises in the San Juans

We pulled into Rosario Resort on a gloriously warm Thursday afternoon and saw something we hadn’t expected to see — an almost empty marina. I walked up the dock as a group of geese and goslings swam in the shallow water…

Boaters to the Rescue

How the Bainbridge Island Emergency Flotilla was Born From the March 2021 issue of 48° North. Living aboard in California during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, Tami Allen began to see her boat, and vessels generally, in a…

Region’s first maritime high school to open in September 2021

From the February 2021 issue of 48° North A few years ago, Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins was asked to judge a class presentation by a group of sophomores at Raisbeck Aviation High School in Tukwila, Washington,…

Working Aboard

The Challenges and Rewards of a Floating Office From the August 2020 issue of 48° North. We had successfully transited a series of rapids in British Columbia’s Cordero Strait en route to Southeast Alaska two summers ago when…