Jim Depue Memorial Race — Doing What Sailors Do

Kicking off the West Sound Sailing Association series, the Jim Depue Memorial Race offered varied conditions, and an abundance of camaraderie and good spirits. In remembrance of long time Port Madison Yacht Club member, Jim…

Who Rescued Whom?

Refitting a Lightning for cruising and adventure racing From the February, 2021 issue of 48° North. Why does one take on a boat project? Why make a difference in an at-risk boat’s life? I've asked myself that many times. And…

Standing Firm

The natural ambiance of Hope Island provides a mariner’s sanctuary From the January 2021 issue of 48° North. Standing with my little rowboat on the mainland shore, I stare out across the still black water toward Hope…

Vancouver International Boat Show Begins Wednesday

The 2021 Vancouver Virtual International Boat Show Runs February 24-27 and is FREE! Consumers can find everything they need in advance of boating season. 48° North's visit to the annual Vancouver International Boat show was…

The Nuts & Bolts of Lithium Power Systems

Tech Talk with SeaBits From the February, 2021 issue of 48° North. Lithium battery systems have become increasingly popular in the last few years, and offer a wealth of benefits for boats. However, there are some…

GRIB School: Explaining this Ubiquitous Component of Modern Marine Weather

What is a GRIB File? Use of numerical weather model forecasts by individual mariners is an ubiquitous component of modern marine weather. Almost any navigation program these days connected to a wireless source on land or at…

48N Editor Andy Cross Wins Boat Writers International Award!

Our own Andy Cross wowed a panel of judges in Boat Writers International's annual contest, winning first place in the coveted Boating Adventures category. Congrats Andy! Andy Cross. I'm truly proud to report this good news…

A Better Boat for Dream Chasing

It was April when I consciously admitted it: I’d made a mistake buying that old Rawson 30 I called Tortuga. It would be 10 years before I could set off to circumnavigate the globe solo in that piece of work (a dream I began…

How To: Beware of the Exhaust Elbow

Add this often missed and neglected engine part to your maintenance checklist From the February 2021 issue of 48° North. After starting the engine on my 1992 Beneteau First 310, Encore, in preparation for annual servicing,…

US Sailing Updates Safety at Sea Certificate Requirements Due to Pandemic

US Sailing has updated the Safety at Sea certificate requirements and expiration dates in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to continued restrictions for hosting in-person courses in 2021, US Sailing specifically…