Creating a Culture of Safety, A Skipper’s Responsibility

Essential safe-boating recommendations established by the Cruising Club of America’s Safety & Seamanship Committee The Cruising Club of America recently published guidance entitled “Creating a Culture of Safety: The…

Trivia for May – Wild Sea Life

Our Trivia Column for May is All About Unusual Sea Life Cannibals Some sharks feed exclusively on smaller sharks, including members of their own species. Lobsters, crabs, octopus, skipjack tuna, and many other marine species…

Galley Essentials: Fresh Provisions from Bush to Bustling Santo

Inspired by her cruising and cultural experiences around Vanuatu, culinary columnist and acclaimed offshore instructor, Amanda Swan-Neal, provides delicious papaya and fish recipes, along with a tutorial on making kimchi.…

#TBT: How to use a LifeSling (Video)

For this Throwback Thursday (#TBT) we're tossing it back to an excellent safety video published in 2011... Many boaters likely have a LifeSling on their vessels, but how many actually know how to use them? Do you know what…

Infernal Combustion Blues: Learning To Go With The Flow On Cortes Island

“Life is short. Whatever happens, make sure you enjoy it." Liam, the author's partner in life and extravagant travel plans. Silver Linings of an Engine Breakdown The engine squealed, loudly. It was the kind of squeal that…

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…