What Puget Sound Pilots Want You to Know

Note: This post was originally published on RainshadowNorthwest.com and is republished unaltered here with their permission. It may sound counterintuitive, but when a big ship leaves the high seas and enters the restricted…

Three Sheets Northwest: After Nearly A Decade, A Boat Is Reborn

Some things just can’t be rushed. So it was with the renaming of our boat, the vessel formerly known as Meridian. We knew when we bought our Passport 40 way back in 2012 that we wanted to rename it, but finding the right…

NOAA Discontinues Tide and Current Books — What Do We Do Now?

The short answer for many mariners is: nothing changes — but that takes some explaining. The official NOAA tide and current books of 1995 to 2020 looked something like these below from one particular printer—but there were…

Tech Talk with SeaBits: Adventuring with Satellites

This article originally appeared in the June 2021 issue of 48° North. Many of us use boating as a way to disconnect from life on land or the daily grind, but when something serious happens, we want to ensure we have a way to…

Wind Forecasts: Understanding & Interpreting this Essential Tool

This article originally appeared in the May 2021 issue of 48° North. Before the Wind by Jim Lynch, is a book about a Ballard-based family of boat builders and Olympic-class sailors. Youngest of the clan, Ruby Johannsen, had…

Three Sheets Northwest: The Evolution of Log Keeping

This article originally appeared in the May 2021 issue of 48° North. Date: August 25-26 Trip: Saltair (Stuart Channel) to Princess Cove (Wallace Island) Weather: Sunny + Hot Notes: First time to Wallace Island and it was…

5 Ways to Get Your Boat’s VHF Radio Ready for the Season

In recreational boating, cellphones are just fine for routine communications. So why do you need a VHF radio – either a handheld or fixed mount – on your boat? Because in an emergency it’s the only thing that can directly…

Tips to Get Your Boat Out of its Winter Slumber

From the April 2021 issue of 48° North. One of the fortunate parts of being a boater in the Pacific Northwest is that the waters of the Salish Sea are open for year-round racing and cruising adventures. That said, most…

US Sailing Updates Safety at Sea Certificate Requirements Due to Pandemic

US Sailing has updated the Safety at Sea certificate requirements and expiration dates in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to continued restrictions for hosting in-person courses in 2021, US Sailing specifically…

How To: Smooth Reefing for Smooth Sailing

From the January 2021 issue of 48° North. Winter winds are here! It’s something to celebrate, but also something that requires special readiness. Being able to reduce sail to maintain better control of the boat is, of…