Close to the Water: Secret Society of the Lower Columbia

With miles of backwater sloughs, scads of wildlife, and no competition for anchorages, I’ve often wondered why the Lower Columbia River is so empty of small cruising boats like mine. Row Bird is frequently the only one…

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…

Destinations: Discovering Puget Sound, Part 2

Here's our latest destinations feature from Lynne Picard of SalishSeaPilot.com, — the second in a three-part series on cruising Puget Sound, this installment covers the waters around Seattle and Bainbridge Island. This photo…

Respectful Play, So We Can Stay in Andrews Bay

Lake Washington's only overnight anchorage, Andrews Bay, is a vibrant summertime scene with boats and revelers congregating, often in large numbers. The bay's neighbors have raised concerns about noise and wake, so it's…

Close to the Water: Missing Kelp in South Puget Sound

Kelp loss South Puget Sound is real and, despite the odds stacked up against it, boaters and scientists aren't giving up hope. If you hiked to see those towering giants, the coast redwoods-and all you found were a few ferns…

Tales of the Northwest Passage: What’s in a fish?

This article originally appeared in the June 2021 issue of 48° North. Night had begun to return since leaving the last settlement of Cambridge Bay. Headed west, the wind on our nose, Breskell pounded into the teeth of the…

#TBT: A Gem of the Broughtons, Greenway Sound

Throwback Thursday returns with a British Columbia cruising favorite. I've come across quite a few pictures and social media posts from British Columbia cruising friends recently, and couldn't help but reflect upon some of…

Kenai Peninsula Discovered

Adventure and solitude found in this stunning cruiser's playground. From the June 2021 issue of 48° North.  Reaching south out of Resurrection Bay past the Rugged Islands, a large easterly swell rolls from our port side, and…

Sail to Surf: One Passion Enables Another

This article originally appeared in the June 2021 issue of 48° North. Never leave two feral ‘tweenager’ kids in charge if you aren’t prepared for some mayhem. My good friend, Matt Nelson, and I were paddling over to the…

Lessons Learned from Power Cruisers

This article originally appeared in the June 2021 issue of 48° North. For many cruisers, us included, sailing our vessels from one port to another is in our bones. Or is it? Being driven by the wind isn’t essential to…