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…

Leaky Teaky Tiki – A Refit to Keep the Rain Out

Facing water intrusion, a cruising couple endeavors to refresh and reseal the teak decks of their trawler. "Leaky tiki" is a nickname for otherwise awesome trawlers with water intrusion issues. Our beloved 37-foot 1977 Puget…

Video: Cruiser’s College’s Michael Beemer Talks Boat Design with Bob Perry

Skagit Valley College Marine Technology Department Chair Michael Beemer and Bob Perry discuss the school's Perry-designed project boat. After purchasing the Perry-designed Westsail 39 King's Pride as a teaching tool for…

Artist’s View: Northern Fulmar

You won’t see the gull-sized Northern Fulmar in Elliott Bay, or as you pass Port Townsend on your way to the San Juan Islands; but once you take the turn at Neah Bay, you’ll see plenty. If you’re close enough, you may notice…

Canary Rockfish: Artist View August

Just as their name suggests, these guys prefer to live around rocks. Twenty-eight species of rockfish live in the Salish Sea, from 3-inch tide pool dwellers to 3-foot lunkers that live in deeper water and weigh in at 25…

Skagit Valley College Buys Offshore Cruiser for Hands-on Re-fit

Students in the Skagit Valley College Marine Technology Program to get an experiential education in re-fitting an offshore quality sailboat.   Starting this fall, Skagit Valley College (SVC) in Anacortes will be adding…

Unicorns and Dragons: Confessions of an Amateur Weather Router

Lessons Learned Cruising: Jamie Gifford shares his experience helping east coast cruisers with weather routing On this day, I have two boats galloping north at 10 knots. The sailing is nice, boosted by 3 knots of Gulf Stream…

Love Thy Diesel: Part 2

PART 2: REGULAR, LONG-TERM MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST From the June 2019 issue of 48° North. Last month, we discussed how and why to go through a thorough checklist before starting up your boat’s diesel engine each day. This…

Learning to Fly

Stories of Going from Sailor to Foiler From the April 2019 48° North issue For many of us, sailing is about constant learning. We learn trim, navigation, systems, storm tactics, provisioning, and, above all, seamanship.…

Love Thy Diesel

PART 1: A PROPER PRE-START CHECKLIST From the May, 2019 issue of 48° North. Whether it is the main engine or a generator, any engine has a checklist of things to go over in the course of normal operation, as well as regular…