Video: 450 Glorious Downwind Miles from Nicaragua to Mexico

The crew of Yahtzee embarks on a 450-mile passage from Nicaragua to Mexico. With hurricane season coming in the tropics and a summer in Alaska on the horizon, our crew decided to leave San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua and head…

Glorious Nothing: A Weekend Jaunt Down Hood Canal

This article originally appeared in the May 2021 issue of 48° North. If you’re reading this article hoping to discover the next great cruising destination, you should stop right here. Especially if you rate your itinerary…

Destinations: Discovering Puget Sound, Part 1

Here's our latest destinations installment from Lynne Picard of SalishSeaPilot.com, — the first in a three-part series on cruising Puget Sound, beginning with the South Sound. One gets the sense from scanning social media…

Embracing ‘One Week Cove’

When a lone anchorage unexpectedly becomes home base for a week, the best thing to do is make an adventure out of it... Sitting on Yahtzee’s cabin top, I watch in utter fascination as prehistoric-looking pelicans catch their…

Small Marina, Big Personality: Lagoon Cove

Canadian cruiser, Ruth Brown, shares stories of her visits to the small, charming marina communities of British Columbia. It remains bittersweet reading for American cruisers — we have to live vicariously until the border…

Blakely Rock: A Low Tide Paradise

From the April issue of 48° North. Not just a mark on a race course or an obstruction to keep clear of, Blakely Rock has a life of its own at low tide. With the possibility the pandemic might keep the U.S./Canada border…

World’s Best Potluck Spot: Mopelia

When someone with Amanda's vast experience has a favorite cruising potluck stop, one would do well to listen! Editor's note: The voyage to the tiny French Polynesian atoll of Mopelia may be long — especially if starting from…

Galley Essentials: Spuds in Spitsbergen

The first throwback of Galley Week is one of Amanda's favorite culinary memories... What to do when the officers welcoming you to a remote Norwegian port give you a giant bag of one overstocked ingredients? Magdalene Fjord,…

Galley Essentials Column Wrapping Up After 16 Years

This post kicks off Galley Week, in which we will share a few favorite Galley Essentials from over the years, as well as Amanda's final column in this illustrious series. Help us celebrate Amanda and wish her well! Amanda…

Lessons Learned: Flush With Options, Spring Cruising Starts

By the time the rhodies peak, Puget Sound sailors are deep into plans or actions for spring commissioning and anticipating the sailing season ahead. Here in Mexico, springtime is when crews typically make plans to set sail…