#TBT: A Sailor Returns Home to the Sea

From the June 2009 issue of 48° North by Lance Ekhart A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. Lao Tzu, 570-490 BC I felt all dressed up with nowhere to go. I planned to leave two days earlier but…

Reflecting on the Joys and Challenges of Cruising with Kids

This article was originally published in the April 2022 issue of 48° North. Ten days on a boat? With a baby?” friends asked when they learned about our plan to cruise the San Juan Islands on our 28-foot sailboat. “Are you…

Sailing Home to the Pacific Northwest

This article originally appeared in the April 2022 issue of 48° North. Land ho!” I looked up to see Ginger peering down the companionway hatch, grinning widely. “Mountains!” she pointed to port. We weren’t surprised that we…

A 10 Year Milestone: From the PNW to the Panama Canal

This article was originally published in the April 2022 issue of 48° North. Looking forward and aft — at what, I'm not exactly sure — our canal pilot, Francisco, says simply, “Slow down, we need to wait here.” I can feel…

Mission Impossible? A Motley Armada Tackles the Inside Passage in 1968

Radio personality organizes a motley armada of 125 powerboats, hoping they can make it from Puget Sound to Alaska — What could go wrong? This article was originally published in the February 2022 issue of 48° North. The year…

Pacific Northwest Sailing Couple Awarded 2021 Blue Water Medal

Honoring extraordinary endurance, the Cruising Club of America recently awarded double circumnavigators Ginger and Peter Niemann the 2021 Blue Water Medal. The Niemanns exemplify the spirit of adventure and determination…

Cruising in Closed Waters

This article was originally published in the January 2022 issue of 48° North. The following is a story about cruising... more specifically, how COVID-19 completely and unexpectedly changed our cruising plans for the better.……

Home for the Holidays

Over the years, 48° North has decked the hulls with a variety of boating related yuletide joy. Since it's that season again, we're digging into the vault with some stories of holiday's past to help get you in the spirit.  As…

Winter Shakedown: A Year-End Cruise in Icy Alaska Offers Family Warmth

This article was originally published in the November 2021 issue of 48° North. Snow and ice crunched under my sea boots while walking down D-dock towards Yahtzee’s slip in Seward Harbor. The boys were ahead of me and I could…

Happily Home on the Sea

Last week I wrote a sailing story for the blog, but it felt a bit rushed to jump back in after so many months off and I didn't hit publish. We'd recently returned home to Yahtzee in southern Mexico, cleaned her up, gotten…