Build a pram in your living room! (Yes, you read that right)

You’ve been stuck in your house for a month, your children are monsters, your spouse is on your last nerve—and the dog wags her tail when you leave the room. The parks are closed, so are the bars, and if you have to wash…

How to Make a Mainsail Cover Boom Tent

Editor's Note: The contents of this post serve two purposes. What you find below is something we at 48° North believe will be genuinely interesting and helpful to our community of readers. Yet, we want to be clear up front,…

Upgrade your boat from home: Splice Dyneema soft shackles

One of the most productive things you can do for your boat while self isolating and social distancing is to learn something new. Fortunately, YouTube is full of tutorials for the modern sailor to add tricks to their bag of…

Gates of the Inside Passage

Tips for Safe and Happy Transits As we motored through Dent Rapids, the VHF radio chirped to life. “When are we going to get to the rapids?” a flotilla participant asked. Having just passed through Yuculta Rapids, Gillard…

Sonic’s Lessons: Recommendations from Overboard Rescues

Scott Smith Shares Overboard Rescue Experiences from TP 52 Sonic Editor's Note: In the Pacific Northwest racing scene, it's hard to think of a sailor more respected than Scott Smith. When I first started sailing with…

Forecasting and Evaluating Local Weather

Starpath Navigation's David Burch takes us through local weather analysis, with a focus on the 2020 Toliva Shoals Race For local weather, meaning inland and near coastal, we need regional models. For the day of the sail the…

Cruisers College Offers Full Slate of Classes For DIYers and Inside Passage Voyagers

From Medical to Diesel and Much More, Cruisers College Has a Class for Every Boater If you're looking to up your onboard DIY skills, want to become a more confident boater, or are dreaming of sailing north and beyond,…

The Ins-and-Outs of Using Your Horn Cleats

Cleats = Good. Proper Use = Even better! Properly installed horn cleats are some of the most important pieces of gear that we have aboard our boats. And it's also imperative to know how to use them them properly. You'd be…

Galley Essentials: Canned Tuna Makeover

Amanda gathers various fishy provisions in Brisbane. Tuna Makes Great Cruising Cuisine Recently in Brisbane, Australia, I took stock of my canned tuna provisions and discovered that I had eight brands from seven countries.…

Sound Transit: Go North, Go Fast

How do you cut nearly two hours off a slow sailing trip from Seattle to the San Juan Islands? Well, you could buy a new engine. Maybe get a super slick bottom paint job. Or just leave the boat at home and take the Victoria…