Anchoring Etiquette

4 Keys to Being a Good Neighbor On the Water From the July 2020 48° North issue Whether it’s the most popular bay in the San Juan Islands, a quiet cove in south Puget Sound, a tiny nook in British Columbia or a…

Wild Burnaby Narrows

Exploring the "Galapagos of the North" When you think of the Galapagos Islands, what comes to mind is a place teeming with sea life and unique flora and fauna that is hard to get to and relatively untouched by modern humans.…

Taz Basin: Sunshine At Hole-in-the-Wall

From my vantage point atop a large, round granite boulder, sweeping views of the Gulf of Alaska and rugged Kenai Peninsula coast seemingly stretch on forever. Turning the opposite direction to the east, my view is quite…

Echoes of a Homesteading Past on Jedediah Island

Every time we drop the hook at Jedediah Island, we dream about leaving the modern world behind to try our hand at homesteading. A small island tucked between Lasqueti and Texada islands in the middle of the Strait of…

Homeward Bound, Part 2: Singapore to Japan

  Irene’s route from Singapore to Japan. “Sorry to wake you, but we need all hands on deck right now.” Somehow these words penetrated my deep sleep and I rolled off the bunk and struggled toward the companionway. I felt…

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…

What’s in a name? Burgoyne Bay

Here's our latest destinations piece courtesy of Salish Sea Pilot about finding plentiful hiking on beautiful Salt Spring Island.... An almost daily treat in the warmer months is a lovely sunset to the west of Burgoyne Bay.…

Head to Wind: A Family’s Boat Buying Adventure

Sailors’ journeys out to sea, whether for hours or years, begin with the call to turn the boat head to wind and raise the sails. Then, with the sails set, we trim and steer into that magical groove where our boat and crew…

San Juan Islands Home Spot

From the June 2022 issue of 48° North. Years ago my daughter, Dagny, did a report for school about the marine mollusk species called Limpets. She learned that Limpets have a ‘home spot.’ Their shells are worn to fit a…

Which Anchor to Choose?

Experienced cruisers work with a local resource who analyzes anchor performance to consider anchor options for their new boat. This article originally appeared in the May 2022 issue of 48° North. Choosing the right anchor is…