R2AK UPDATES: Teams Pushing Hard Toward AK!

Check back here for running updates and analysis of R2AK 2022... Go Teams Go! Janice Mason and Ian Graeme of Team Oaracle From our count there are nine teams left in this year's R2AK. It looks like Team Goldfinch is going to…

Cruisers Welcome at Saturna Island Lamb Barbecue July 1

The Saturna Island Lamb Barbecue is a community tradition 72 years in the making. Why not celebrate the start of the cruising season with a trip to Canada? Winter Cove, Saturna Island has long been a popular anchorage for…

San Juan Islands Home Spot

From the June 2022 issue of 48° North. Years ago my daughter, Dagny, did a report for school about the marine mollusk species called Limpets. She learned that Limpets have a ‘home spot.’ Their shells are worn to fit a…

Casting Off: Remember the Main!

From the June 2022 issue of 48° North. “Sailing is 90% boredom and routine punctuated by 10% heart-pumping adrenaline.” Hearing this adage from our sailing mentor had the effect of both assuaging and alarming me and my wife,…

‘Friends of Odyssey’ Takes the Helm to Save Tacoma’s Tall Ship

A new non-profit called Friends of Odyssey was formed late last winter with the sole purpose of trying to save the Sea Scout Ship 190 (SSS 190) program and the aging wooden Sparkman & Stephens sailboat called Odyssey.…

SEVENTY48 by SUP: Team SEASTR’s Race Odyssey

SEVENTY48 is a 70-mile race with a 48-hour time limit from Tacoma to Port Townsend with intentionally few rules: no motors, no support, and no wind. Human power only, pedal, paddle, or row. This was my second time…

Gig Harbor Boat Works Acquires “Sister-Ship” Duckworks Boat Builders Supply 

Boaters benefit when like-minded, family-run companies combine forces, and the small boat equivalent of that has happened in the Pacific Northwest. It was recently announced that Gig Harbor Boat Works acquired Duckworks…

Lake Union Boaters Reminded to #MindTheZone This Summer

If you’ve been out on Lake Union on a beautiful summer’s day, you know what a recreational gem it is, but also just how busy it can be. In fact, usage on the lake has increased dramatically since the start of the COVID-19…

Diesel Deep Dive: Electrical Gremlins in Your Engine Compartment?

From the June 2022 issue of 48° North. Working as a marine engineer and mechanic, I have seen and continue to see some of the worst DIY electrical jobs on boats, both recreational and commercial. Unlike residential…

Close to the Water: Becoming a Sailor

From the June 2022 issue of 48° North. At the helm on a beautiful day in the PNW. Recently, a reader reached out for advice on getting the necessary skills and knowledge for a small boat journey. His questions made me…