Sail to Surf: One Passion Enables Another

This article originally appeared in the June 2021 issue of 48° North. Never leave two feral ‘tweenager’ kids in charge if you aren’t prepared for some mayhem. My good friend, Matt Nelson, and I were paddling over to the…

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…

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…

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,…

Spontaneity Rewarded

From the March, 2021 issue of 48° North. Reminiscing on unplanned racing, downwind sailing and idyllic anchorages turning from winter to spring Flying the spinnaker as we head north towards Port Townsend. When we hoisted…

A Parting Delivery

Letting Go After Three Years and More Than 3,000 Miles From the January 2021 issue of 48° North. Some say that the happiest days of a boat owner's life are the day they buy a boat and the day they sell it. I can tell you…

Close to the Water: Fun Stinks

As a kid, I loved our family’s banana-yellow speedboat. It was the most typical fiberglass outboard boat you could buy in those days, but it was my ticket to fishing, knee-boarding, camping, and just zooming around. I…

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

As a cruiser, every holiday is a little different. Yet each one retains the important themes of time together (even if it’s a family of two, not twenty) and familiar traditions. When sharing an anchorage with others who are…

The Dreaded Christmas Cruise

From the December 2019 issue of 48° North. The grinchiest of pooches, Barfy the Boat Dog, might burst your yuletide bubble... or not. This twinkly, tinsel-draped, hull-decking holiday can jingle all the way to hell, as far…