Casting Off:
Looking for Sludge in All the Wrong Places

  Disassembling and cleaning the carburetor. Whenever the small engine on my Uncle Jess’ Chris-Craft stalled, he’d remove the cowling and work some mechanical magic with a screwdriver to get it started again. Not one…

Famed Voyager Lin Pardey Set to Give Workshops at WBF

Accomplished cruising, author and two-time circumnavigator Lin Pardey is giving workshops at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend on Sept. 8 and 9. Needing almost no introduction, Pardey, along with her late husband…

Beacon Background: Point Wilson Lighthouse

The Point Wilson Lighthouse in 1960. Photo courtesy of Washington State Archives. It is hard to imagine a more scenic location for a lighthouse than Point Wilson. Marking the convergence of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and…

How We Prepped for the Pacific NW Offshore Race

The Pacific Northwest Offshore (formerly the Oregon Offshore) is a 193-mile race that starts at the mouth of the Columbia River and normally finishes in Victoria, BC.  However, in 2021 and 2022, the race finished in Port…

Diesel Deep Dive: Electrical Gremlins in Your Engine Compartment?

From the June 2022 issue of 48° North. Working as a marine engineer and mechanic, I have seen and continue to see some of the worst DIY electrical jobs on boats, both recreational and commercial. Unlike residential…

Close to the Water: Becoming a Sailor

From the June 2022 issue of 48° North. At the helm on a beautiful day in the PNW. Recently, a reader reached out for advice on getting the necessary skills and knowledge for a small boat journey. His questions made me…

Marine Wiring Workshop in Port Hadlock on July 9

Washington Sea Grant, NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding, and WSU Jefferson County Extension are sponsoring a Marine Wiring Workshop in Port Hadlock on July 9. This workshop is for boat owners who want to upgrade their…

Fiberglass in the Forest:
Lesson in Backyard Lamination

From the June 2022 issue of 48° North. For the past 10 years, I have been a shipwright. My boat repair and building career began with bottom painting at CSR, a boatyard on the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle.…

Artist’s View: The Solitary Sandpiper

This article was originally published in the June 2022 issue of 48° North. Many species of sandpipers are common during fall, winter and spring as migrants passing through the Salish Sea, but one — the Solitary Sandpiper —…

Coast Guard FAQ Reminds Boaters of Cut-Off Switch Law

After several incidents in the Pacific Northwest and around the United States, the USCG is reminding boaters that wearing your boat's kill cord is the law. Though the federal law went into effect over a year ago (April 1,…