Marina del Rey to Astoria

Hopping North Up the Coast to Get a Newly Acquired Grand Banks Home When I found a 1988 Grand Banks 36 for sale in Southern California’s upscale Balboa Yacht Basin, there were a host of things I had to do to make her ours.…

Healing My Sailing Anxiety

How I Learned to Enjoy the Sailing Portion of the Cruising Lifestyle I Love The author's boat Muse is a great cruising platform. Her challenges stemmed not from the boat, but from within. Mother’s Day 2023 was a windy one.…

Close to the Water: A Second Cruise with My Mate

A Second Cruise Brings Border Crossings, Uncertainty, and Lessons Learned. Sailing across Lopez Sound, enjoying the summer weather. It’s an image I’ll never forget: my wife, Kate, hoisting our boathook overhead, a radar…

Rune Sails the Salish Sea

Rune is a 16-foot Pearson Hawk. In July 2023, I sailed my 16-foot sailboat 100 miles up Puget Sound as a part of the Salish 100. It was the most adventurous thing I have ever done. Only experienced skippers and boats under…

TBT#: Head Out for Some Winter Cruising

From the February 2008 issue of 48° North by Migael Scherer Most pleasure boats spend a third of the year idle at the dock, neglected orphans from January through March. It doesn’t have to be this way. Sure, the days are…

Discovering the Puget Sound Cruising Club

The Puget Sound Cruising Club (PSCC) celebrated its 50th anniversary on Friday, November 17. As fitting with the club’s traditions, it was a potluck — a feast, in fact — with PSCC providing a huge ham and everyone else…

Close to the Water: Cruising With My Mate

Sailing Luna westward through the San Juan Islands on a beautiful summer day. A heat wave had swept over the Pacific Northwest, but I wasn’t thinking about the temperature as Luna bucked and skidded over the knee-high chop…

Close to the Water: Finding Awe in the New Year

As boaters, we get to see the world from a unique perspective. We arrive in cities or towns by water, taking in the view of cliffs, trees, and mountains rising from the earth. Out on a bay, river, or lake, the glint of the…

A Weekend Cruise with the Whole Family

The author enjoying local sailing. "Hold onto something, it’s about to get sporty!” I heard Andrew call from the helm as I plated dinner for five crew down in the galley. Right on cue, the dishes went sliding to starboard,…

Thanksgiving Aboard

Rewarding No Matter Where You Go or What You Eat The sweet smell of pumpkin pie wafted through the cabin and out of the companionway as Jill hoisted the tasty dessert up to me. Admiring it, I gently placed it under Yahtzee’s…