Artist’s View: The Painted Anemone

Anemones are mostly stationary animals that have stinging tentacles to subdue prey. Their waving arms then transport the hapless creature to a centrally located mouth, where it quickly becomes the next meal. The Painted…

Tech Talk with SeaBits: Anchor Alarms

This article was originally published in the September 2021 issue of 48° North. Anchoring is an essential skill for cruising, but it can be stressful — finding the perfect spot in a crowded anchorage can test even the most…

From the Drink: Takeaways After a Fall Off the Dock

Falling into the water from a dock is a real danger that we don't think will happen to us ... until it does. Well, it does not just happen to others. This morning, I was working on a boat project, stepping off to the dock to…

Diesel Deep Dive: Buying a Rebuilt Engine

This article was originally published in the August 2021 issue of 48° North.  Summer is upon us, and so is boat buying season! For those of us dreaming about a new boat, there can never be enough scouring of boat ads. Hope…

Gig Harbor BoatShop Offering New & Unique Class: Mini Boat School

Build a traditional 16-foot wooden motor launch with master boatbuilding instructor Patrick Mahon. On Monday morning, September 13, 2021, Gig Harbor BoatShop's new Mini Boat School class is scheduled to launch. The Mini Boat…

Sailing with Josh: The Stern-Tie Setup

  “How do you run a stern-tie setup when you have limited working and storage space on board?” This is one of the questions I asked myself in fitting out my Flicka 20, Sampaguita, for Pacific Northwest expeditions.…

New Craze: Wing Foiling

“The least expensive and simplest way to foil on Puget Sound.” When somebody like Dalton Bergan, one of Seattle’s most accomplished sailors, enthusiastically talks your ear off about a new watersport that has captivated him……

Artist’s View: Steller’s Sea Lion

Being an artist of nature, I often wish I could get more up close and personal with the critters I paint, especially the big ones. I did this with a Steller Sea Lion a few days ago, and it was a rather amazing experience. I…

Diesel Deep Dive: Is Your Engine Sending Smoke Signals?

This article originally appeared in the June 2021 issue of 48° North. In the 1890s, Rudolf Diesel created the first compression ignition oil-burning engine, and it was was large, heavy, smoky, and slow turning. While the…

Wind Forecasts: Understanding & Interpreting this Essential Tool

This article originally appeared in the May 2021 issue of 48° North. Before the Wind by Jim Lynch, is a book about a Ballard-based family of boat builders and Olympic-class sailors. Youngest of the clan, Ruby Johannsen, had…