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…

Diesel Deep Dive: The Effect of Time on an Engine

This article was originally published in the November 2021 issue of 48° North. Marine diesels endure a tough life during their time on board a vessel. Often I hear, “A diesel will last forever,” or, “That engine will get a…

Staying Afloat: On Zodiacs, Zinfandel and Buoyancy

When it comes to the attributes of buoyancy, most boaters have some awareness of their vessel's displacement, ballast, and draft, as those concepts pertain to their ship’s navigation and handling. As the confidence in their…

Artist’s View: How Birds Keep Warm in the Winter

Baby, it’s cold outside. But compared with some other places — the Arctic, Alaska — the Salish Sea has a fairly balmy winter. So balmy that many thousands of birds migrate here to spend winters in relative comfort. It’s…

Beacon Background: The North Head Lighthouse

This article was originally published in the November 2021 issue of 48° North North Head is a perfect example of an iconic lighthouse. Rugged and isolated setting? Check. White tower overlooking an endless expanse of ocean?…