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…

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…

Ode to the Iron Genny

Lessons Learned Cruising From the February 2021 issue of 48° North. Sailboats! Most of our cruising boats come equipped with noisemakers below deck: the so-called “Iron Genny” comes into service at times when it’s impossible…

How To: Smooth Reefing for Smooth Sailing

From the January 2021 issue of 48° North. Winter winds are here! It’s something to celebrate, but also something that requires special readiness. Being able to reduce sail to maintain better control of the boat is, of…

Artist’s View: Humpback Whale

From the January 2021 issue of 48° North A couple months ago, a juvenile humpback whale was found on the beach at Marrowstone Island, probably hit by a freighter. This is sort of a requiem to that whale, but also to pay…

Andy Cross and Jamie Gifford Talk Cruising Sails on The Morning Muster Podcast

Recently, 48° North columnist Jamie Gifford and editor Andy Cross sat down with Ben Carey from The Morning Muster podcast to chat about cruising sail choices and setups. Their in depth discussion about choosing, maintaining…

Two New Virtual Boating Classes Aim to Help Boaters Gain Knowledge & Confidence

The Deception Pass Sail & Power Squadron recently announced two new virtual boating courses starting in February 2021. The first is a FREE seminar called "Partners in Command", that teaches first mates and less…

Steve Callahan: Part Two

Voyaging and Survival Philosophy From the December 2020 issue of 48° North. Steve Callahan has spent his life around boats — sailing, voyaging, building, designing, and writing about it. He is best known for surviving 76…

Get Your Washington Boater Education Card with Two-Day Certification Course

Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron is offering an introductory boating class where attendees can earn the required Washington State Boater Education Card. Registration is now open for America’s Boating Course, a two-day…

REMINDER: Washington Sea Grant Hosting Virtual Marine Weather Workshop November 14

Learn to read the weather before you head out on the water. Washington Sea Grant and Jefferson County WSU Extension are co-sponsoring a Marine Weather Workshop this Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topics to be…