What Makes For A Good First Offshore Experience?

In this interview with Chuck Skewes, we discuss specific criteria to create enjoyable first offshore experiences. The allure of the ocean is inescapable for many sailors. Yet for those considering their first foray offshore,…

A-Sail Luff Curl: Sometimes, Always, Never?

An Interview with Sailmaker and Sail Designer, Dan Kaseler "I'd guess people are over-trimming their spinnakers as much as 80% of the time." After a few recent races with very smart sailors who were asking an asymmetrical…

For Earth, Oceans, & Each Other

Boat Life’s Inherent Eco-Friendly Attributes From the April 2020 issue. Anchored at Cortes Island after a glorious month cruising points north, we awaited the arrival of two Seattle-based friends who were joining our family…

Are You Ready For Alaska?

Your Boat, Your Skills, Your Expectations The article below, written by Mike Huston, was published in the September 2015 issue of 48° North. After our recent Alaska themed issue, we decided it was a good idea to share it…

Video: Packing and provisioning for extended NW cruising

As winter finds its way into the Pacific Northwest, many boaters start to dream about voyages to come. Whether it's a few days enjoying the San Juan Islands, a few weeks cruising through BC or a summer sojourn to Alaska,…

No fridge, no problem for 'Caro Babbo'

Thanks to John Juliano aboard SV Caro Babbo for this piece on going with out refrigeration while cruising. "They cheat. They have a freezer," Jennifer said with surprise and betrayal. She was reading an article about…

#TBT: Do You Speak My Language?

From the March 2006 issue of 48° North by Diana Jessie It was an unusual occurrence when 35 would-be cruisers gathered in a west coast yacht club to tackle a subject not listed in many cruising books: Spanish. If you lived…

Video: Tips for clearing US Customs by boat in Washington and Alaska

Our friends at Slowboat.com continue their informative series about cruising the Inside Passage with this webinar on clearing customs in Washington and Alaska.