Recommissioning: From the Blues to Blue Skies

This article was originally published in the March 2022 issue of 48° North Ah, spring at the marina. Full of promise. Renewal. Great times lay ahead.   Blah, blah, blah.  I trudge down to the boat in early March, dock cart…

Tech Talk with SeaBits: Spring Tech Checkup

This article was originally published in the March 2022 issue of 48° North A great thing to do at least once a year, and especially prior to the start of a more active boating season, is to give your boat a tech checkup.…

Artist’s View: Teredo Shipworm

“Why would you want to write about a worm,” my editor once asked? As with all of nature, even seemingly mundane creatures can be very interesting. Every temperate ocean has teredo worms, including the Salish Sea.  They’re…

Diesel Deep Dive: Functional Oil Filtration

(Caption) Engine room of the Maritime Instructor (Seattle Maritime Academy training ship). All engines are equipped with spin-on or cartridge style filters. This article was originally published in the February 2022 issue of…

Collision Avoidance Using AIS

As AIS becomes ubiquitous amongst boats of various sizes, it's important to know how to use it to avoid a collision. David Burch of Starpath Navigation offers a good tutorial here. Most navigation programs (electronic…

Coast Guard-Approved First Aid at Sea Workshop in Seattle

Learn to effectively respond to hypothermia, near drowning, and other on-the-water incidents in this informative workshop on Thursday, February 24, 2022. Whether you're a commercial fisherman, USCG-licensed captain at any…

‘Ask An Expert’ Winter Series is Here!

From boatbuilding to ancient navigation and local adventure race fever, the 'Ask An Expert' series has begun... Back by popular demand, the Wooden Boat Festival's "Ask An Expert" Winter Series brings knowledgeable experts…

Beacon Background: The Admiralty Head Lighthouse

This article was originally published in the January 2022 issue of 48° North. When cruising north from Seattle, I always look for the Admiralty Head Lighthouse. There, on a windswept bluff on the west side of Whidbey Island,…

Artist’s View: The Great Blue Heron

A powerful bird! I had a chance to personally experience this when I attempted to rescue a great blue heron that had fallen out of a tree during a storm. It had an injured wing, and I tossed a blanket over its head for the…

Marine Weather Workshop in Port Townsend Jan. 22

Looking to learn more about marine weather in the PNW and beyond? Now's your chance... Learn to read the weather before you head out on the water. Washington Sea Grant, WSU Jefferson County Extension and the Port of Port…