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…

Q&A: 5 Questions with John and Amanda Neal on their New PNW Exclusive Classes

Mahina Expeditions Offering New Ocean Cruising Courses Based Out of Bellingham 48° North readers know may know Amanda Swan Neal best as the author of the well-loved Galley Essentials column, but many will certainly be aware…

Managing Mal de Mer

Seasickness Prevention and Treatment Tips from a Doctor Who is Also an Avid Sailor From the July, 2019 issue of 48° North. If you happen to be one of the few lucky mariners who has weathered storms and violent sea states in…

Portage Pram Build: Stream Now!

Thanks for watching the Portage Pram live stream! As part of the Northwest Maritime Center’s array of maritime classes and programs, they live streamed a Portage Pram build. This class has ended and the videos are no…