Editor’s Letter: 48° North is Asking for Your Support

Dear friends and fans of 48° North, Since 48° North became a nonprofit publication by joining the Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) in 2018, the magazine and website have improved and expanded, and we hope you are…

The Boat Geeks Podcast Sets Sail with Star-Studded Lineup of Inaugural Guests

The Boat Geeks podcast, a new PNW-based media venture in the maritime world, is delighted to announce the official launch of a show that takes boating enthusiasts on an exciting journey through the high seas of…

Editor’s Letter: Pass It On

With the Seattle Boat Show upon us, it's a great chance to channel our new-to-boat-life selves. It can inspire and encourage others. When the Seattle Boat Show rolls around, the boating community collectively thinks more…

The Joys in the Boat: How an Iconic Sport Helped Define the Region

My “gateway boat” was a rowing scull with double oars and a sliding seat. I nearly fell in the water at Green Lake the first time I attempted to board this 18-foot wherry from the dock, and once I managed to climb in, I…

Editor’s Letter: Small Events Are Good? Indeed.

I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about increasing participation in sailing and boating. From my years running a sailing club and school, to a long tenure as a member and chair or the Northwest Marine Trade…

‘Twas the Morning of High Tide

'Twas the morning of high tide, and in the marina The brightwork did shine with a hint of patina; The burgees were hung on the yardarms with care, In hopes of adventures that sailors would share. The sheets were all snug on…

Editor’s Letter: A Very Good Year

Especially when I look through a boaty lens, a year-end reflection on the past 12 months is a fun exercise. To think about the people, places, boats, and experiences I’ve been able to enjoy… I’m one lucky guy. I’d say that…

Editor’s Letter: Lean into the Season

As boatfolk in the Pacific Northwest, we seldom forget that we can pursue our passion for being on the water year-round. We gear up to enable happier offseason cruising — installing heaters, investing in full-cockpit…

Portland’s 6th Annual ‘Witches on the Willamette’ Rules the River

Taking in the scene at Portland's annual spooky SUP witch paddle. After a week of unrelenting rain, I woke up to a sunny Saturday before Halloween that felt too good to be true: clear blue skies, scarlet and gold leaves…