Thanksgiving Aboard

Rewarding No Matter Where You Go or What You Eat From the November 2020 issue of 48° North. The sweet smell of pumpkin pie wafted through the cabin and out of the companionway as Jill hoisted the tasty dessert up to me.…

VIDEO PSA: Coast Guard Urges Paddlers to Label their Watercraft

SEATTLE, WA - The Coast Guard and its Washington and Oregon boating safety agency partners urge the labeling of paddle craft and owner responsibility on the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Reports of unmanned and adrift…

How to Report Nautical Chart Corrections

One great virtue of electronic charts is their ability to be updated quickly by both NOAA's Office of Coast Survey (OCS), who makes the charts, and then the mariners who use them on the water. Electronic Navigational Charts…

#TBT: Fall Cruising Adventures | Circumnavigating Fidalgo Island

Looking back down memory lane at some classic fall cruising adventures, here's a post for Throwback Thursday (#TBT) I wrote on November 20, 2015, about cruising around Fidalgo Island. “Why not go down to Deception Pass?” my…

Sail On: Catalina Yachts Announces Passing of CEO and Designer Frank Butler

The crew at 48° North was saddened to learn that the founder and CEO of Catalina Yachts, Frank Butler, passed away on November 15. In 1969 Frank Butler built the first Catalina sailboat, the Catalina 22, in North Hollywood,…

Galley Essentials: Fall Harvest Season in the Pacific Northwest

Now that the foliage on San Juan Island is revealing autumnal hues, I focus on the ever-changing landscape instead of gazing out wistfully across the blue Strait of Juan de Fuca. As reductions in both temperatures and…

Southern Sound Series Kicking Off with Vashon Island Race Dec. 5

The annual Southern Sound Series kicks off with the winter Vashon Island Race on December 5, 2020. The Southern Sound Series is a series of four sailing races, hosted over consecutive months by different yacht clubs. This…

Destination Manzanillo: Thankful for the freedom of cruising

In the month of November leading up to Thanksgiving, we have a running family tradition aboard Yahtzee to go around the table during a meal each day and share one thing we’re thankful for. A couple days after dropping anchor…

Steve Callahan: Part One of An Interview with the Author of Adrift

From the November 2020 issue of 48° North 48° North: Steve Callahan may be familiar to many 48° North readers. He’s the award winning author of the book, Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea. He is renowned as an expert about…

Neither Round Nor Rogue the County: Just Some Great Late Fall Sailing

Young Parents Take Their Fast Boat Out For a Fall Cruise With Their 10 Week Old As much as we wanted to, we didn't do Rogue the County. When Round the County was canceled, a number of racers decided to go…