How-To: Get Away From the Dock, Stay Away from the Dock

About a year ago, my partner and I made the decision to leave our costly liveaboard moorage and make an attempt to stay at anchor for as long as possible. Since then, aside from a fuel-up or a week moored for repairs, we…

Tech Talk with SeaBits: Anchor Alarms

This article was originally published in the September 2021 issue of 48° North. Anchoring is an essential skill for cruising, but it can be stressful — finding the perfect spot in a crowded anchorage can test even the most…

Lessons Learned from Power Cruisers

This article originally appeared in the June 2021 issue of 48° North. For many cruisers, us included, sailing our vessels from one port to another is in our bones. Or is it? Being driven by the wind isn’t essential to…

Lessons Learned: Flush With Options, Spring Cruising Starts

By the time the rhodies peak, Puget Sound sailors are deep into plans or actions for spring commissioning and anticipating the sailing season ahead. Here in Mexico, springtime is when crews typically make plans to set sail…

Galley Essentials: Let’s Go Sprouting

If you’re considering growing your own food or creating a “tiny plant garden” there’s not much that’s more uplifting, rewarding, easier, faster, or nutritious than growing sprouts and microgreens.  Sprouts provide health…

Anchoring Etiquette

4 Keys to Being a Good Neighbor On the Water From the July 2020 48° North issue Whether it’s the most popular bay in the San Juan Islands, a quiet cove in south Puget Sound, a tiny nook in British Columbia or a…

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…