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…

Destinations: Flowing into Varney Bay

Here's our latest installment from Lynne Picard of SalishSeaPilot.com about a gem on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Friends snapped a photo of us anchored near the entrance to Varney Bay. (Photo by José Luis Gomez) It…

Video: Talking Van Isle West Cruising with Salish Sea Pilot

Learn about cruising the west coast of Vancouver Island with Jim and Lynne from Salish Sea Pilot. This is a video of a PowerPoint presentation that we gave virtually at the 2021 Vancouver International Boat Show. Again,…

Historic Coupeville

From the November, 2020 issue of 48° North. EXPLORING AN UNSUNG ANCHORAGE AND SEAPORT This year created cruising challenges and opportunities around the Salish Sea, with the Covid-19 pandemic and the border closure between…

Video: Heading to Alaska? Baranof Island’s Warm Springs Bay Can’t Be Missed

Southeast Alaska is home to innumerable cruising destinations that beckon to be explored — Warm Springs Bay is near the very top of the list. Over the past couple weeks I've been hearing chatter from Washington- and…

Standing Firm

The natural ambiance of Hope Island provides a mariner’s sanctuary From the January 2021 issue of 48° North. Standing with my little rowboat on the mainland shore, I stare out across the still black water toward Hope…

Exploring Local: Kilisut Harbor

Making the most of a pandemic holiday, I did what sailors do — I sailed. I left Boat Haven late Friday morning bound for Scow Bay, at the southern end of Kilisut Harbor. A Gale Warning had been declared for the evening, with…

Destination: Home

I felt the ship dock with a gentle bump, then the engine shut down. A moment later, shouts reverberated through the metal hull, “Home! We’re at Home!” I lay in my bunk in the dark, puzzled. Home — for both me and the ship —…

Sailing Lake Chelan

Beautiful Scenery, Diverse Conditions, and Sailor Camaraderie Make for a Memorable Group Cruise From the December, 2020 issue of 48° North “Tell me in all your travels have you ever found any place better than Lake Chelan?”…