Sewing Sails Under Sail

The author found an occasion early on to try her sewing machine underway. A new sewing machine becomes a favorite tool when an opportunistic sail repair job is needed while underway. I’ve needed to use a lot of unfamiliar…

Three Sheets Northwest: Two Sailors Walk into a Bar

An Interesting and Informative Electrical Seminar Sparks a Bevy of Boaty Questions The following are excerpts from a recorded conversation between me and my good friend, Garry Hoffman, at the bar, Anchor, in Port Townsend…

Cruisers College in Anacortes Announces 2023-24 Class Schedule for Boat Owners

Cruisers College, the boat-owner-specific marine technical education offered through Skagit Valley College, is gearing up for another great season of hands-on learning. Are you interested in acquiring the skills to maintain…

Mobile Pumpout Boats Gain Popularity, Expand Throughout Puget Sound

Amazon Prime, Uber Eats, Instacart: All of these services get delivered directly to you these days. Now, pumpout services for your boat are joining that list. Options for recreational boaters to pump out boat sewage safely…

#TBT The ABSURDITY of Boat Projects

Pacific Northwest-based cruisers Becca and John sailed away on their Valiant 40 Halcyon and shared their great stories with 48° North for several years. In the time since, they've returned to our local waters, moved aboard a…

#TBT: Getting the Most When Selling Your Boat

Getting the Most When Selling Your Boat or… The White Glove Approach to Selling Your Boat by Ronald Riggs   Whether you want to move up, move down, or move out, sooner or later you will come to that second happiest day…

BoatUS Spring Commissioning Checklist 2023

With spring officially just days away, thousands of boaters around the Pacific Northwest are starting to think about getting out there more frequently. Here's a checklist from BoatUS to go through before you untie the……

What Else Can Your Engine Do for You?

This Perkins has a hydraulic pump for power steering. Aboard many recreational and commercial boats, the main engine may be equipped to drive more than just the boat. From pump drives to generators, the power an engine…

Casting Off: Adding Personal Touches Aboard

Ariel comes out of the water; what surprises will they find? When my wife, Laura, and I were searching for our first boat after moving to the Pacific Northwest, we spent hours reviewing the qualities and characteristics of…

A Reluctant Bilge Dive Reveals Big Trouble

Even a well prepared boat like Rounder can have some gremlins lurking in its deepest, darkest corners. Our 1984 Passport 40, Rounder, has a deep bilge. Of course, I’ve looked down into the well at the aft end of it before…