Category: Informational Articles

Winds of Change: Rod Rigging Functionality, Interchangability, and Availability Considering Industry Changes

This article, by Lisa Vizzini, was originally published in the June 2017 issue of 48° North.  Earlier this year, the sailboat industry was shaken when Hall Spars and Navtec Rigging Solutions closed their United States operations. Over the years, Navtec and Hall shared many progressive, engineering driven, high profile...

Takeaways from 48°N Coast Guard Meeting

Earlier this week, twelve dedicated volunteers from area yacht clubs and sailing programs fought traffic for the unique and valuable chance to interface with five representatives of the United States Coast Guard and one representative of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The purpose of this annual meeting is to connect event planners...

When Whales Meet Sails

This article comes to us from 48° North interviewee, Damian Foxall. When Damian is not sailing some of the world’s fastest boats offshore, he works as the Recreation Education Manager for the Canadian Wildlife federation. Damian sent the article our way, but it is written by Tyson Bottenus, of Sailors for the Sea. Though...

The Vendée Globe: Evolution – Revolution in the IMOCA Open 60 Class

Generally thought of as the toughest sailboat race in the world, the singlehanded Vendée Globe (VG) begins on November 6, 2016. This article comes to us from local writer, photographer, and VG enthusiast, Peter Marsh.  Here, Peter has edited a number of the VG’s press releases into a narrative highlighting the incredible design innovations...