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?”…

Take it Slow Around Vancouver Island

If you have never cruised outside of the Salish Sea’s fairly protected waters, a certain amount of anxiety about sailing the west coast of Vancouver Island is natural. The waters on the Inside Passage are not without their…

Walsh Cove, a BC Marine Park Jewel

For mariners heading north each year, Walsh Cove is a favorite destination. This year, with the border closed, British Columbia boaters have had this pristine cove nestled in the middle of Desolation Sound all to themselves.…