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…

Cruisers College Offers Full Slate of Classes For DIYers and Inside Passage Voyagers

From Medical to Diesel and Much More, Cruisers College Has a Class for Every Boater If you're looking to up your onboard DIY skills, want to become a more confident boater, or are dreaming of sailing north and beyond,…

Video: How to sew on your own hanks

Our friends at OffCenterHarbor.com are back with yet another helpful and insightful video. Watch and learn as Allison Wood from Port Townsend Sails teaches the proper technique for sewing hanks on a headsail.  This is Part…

#TBT: MacGyvering at Sea

From the August 2010 issue of 48° North by Heather Lochner It was our first crossing of the season. The Gulf Islands beckoned us. With no wind in sight, we gave our rested engines a much needed workout. For a boat that had…

Road to Re-power: The journey begins with wax and paint

Have you ever re-powered a sailboat? No? Well, me either. There is a first time for everything, though, and I'm enthusiastically diving into this massive project with sleeves rolled and an open mind. Yahtzee ambles her way…

Tranny Troubles: Out with the old, in with the new

Outbound and nearing the end of the Seward breakwater, we needed to get the mainsail up quick. With a 15-knot southerly breeze on the nose and a building chop, Yahtzee limped  along at under two knots, yearning to get out of…

BoatUS Spring Commissioning Checklist

Our friends at BoatUS have compiled a Spring Commissioning Checklist to help boaters start the season right. Although a yearly haul-out is not necessary, at a minimum you could ask your diver to check your anodes and prop…

Rules, resolutions and varnishing in 2018

I spent far too much time in 2017 applying toxic marine products to my boat. On sunny, breezy summer days, it was hard to avoid feeling like the best part of the season had escaped me: respirator strapped on, I felt like…

Winds of Change: Rod Rigging Functionality, Interchangability, and Availability Considering Industry Changes

This article, by Lisa Vizzini, was originally published in the June 2017 issue of 48° North.  Earlier this year, the sailboat industry was shaken when Hall Spars and Navtec Rigging Solutions closed their United States…