Quaranteaming and hitting the pause button for hurricane season

Though I've been doing a lot of writing lately, it has been difficult to put words together for the blog. With all that has been going on in the world, writing about cruising in Mexico on a sailboat just hasn't seemed…

Heaven On Earth

A family journey to a jewel of the Salish Sea, Princess Louisa Inlet From the May, 2019 issue of 48° North. Mention the name “Princess Louisa Inlet” to nearly any boater who has had the privilege of visiting its…

Interviews with Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor About Re-Opening

John Neal of Mahina Expeditions interviews representatives from Port of Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor Resort about their recent openings The rumors are true, the San Juan Islands are open! According to the San Juan County…

PNW Sailors Head… EAST?

Stalwart Pacific Northwest sailors take an opportunity to change their lifestyle and formulate a plan to hop cross-country to explore the East Coast  Adventure. The sailor racing their boat around the world, the mountaineer…

#TBT: Trekka Sails Again

From the October 2005 issue of 48° North by Shirley Hewett After 25 years on shore, one of the world’s most famous yachts returned to the water in Victoria Harbour for the June Tall Ships 2005 events. With her builder John…

Remembering PNW Legend, Doug Fryer

Doug Fryer was a giant of Pacific Northwest sailing. Sail on, Doug, you will be missed. In April 2020, the Pacific Northwest sailing community lost a legend. Much could be, and has been, written about Doug Fryer's prolific…

A bumpy passage and lost toilet seat

Brisk winds and turbulent seas lead to an overboard toilet seat at the end of a passage                                   The Charlotte Straits can be as calm, serene, and peaceful as any sailor in the dead of night could…

Close to the Water: Where the Action Is

Large crossings in a small boat create a deeper appreciation for the simple beauty of shallow water and vibrant shorelines One of the reasons I love small boats is because they are so well suited for cruising in shallow…

What Makes For A Good First Offshore Experience?

In this interview with Chuck Skewes, we discuss specific criteria to create enjoyable first offshore experiences. The allure of the ocean is inescapable for many sailors. Yet for those considering their first foray offshore,…

Sailing with My Clan

From the April 2020 issue. I’m hardly the first to row or sail the Inside Passage in a small craft. Yet, during the first 100 miles of my journey south from Port McNeil, Row Bird was the sole open boat on the water. Pulling…