Who Rescued Whom?

Refitting a Lightning for cruising and adventure racing From the February, 2021 issue of 48° North. Why does one take on a boat project? Why make a difference in an at-risk boat’s life? I've asked myself that many times. And…

Galley Essentials: Stories from the Galley of Kiana

I came across Alie and Ben through social media sites and after enjoying their posts I asked her if she’d share her onboard experiences of galley life. I have been sailing for one year almost exactly while Ben has been…

An Invitation for Inclusion in 2021: Reviewing the Women’s Panel from US Sailing’s DEI Series

48° North friend and contributor, Jennifer Harkness, not only gives us an excellent rundown of US Sailing's DEI Women's Panel... she moderated it! Please take her words to heart (and action). EDITOR'S NOTE: The full video of…

What Will You Do This Year?

Letter from the editor from the January 2021 issue of 48° North. 2021, we’re counting on you! If ever we needed a fresh start, it’s this new year. The burning desire to turn the page is evident even among we sailors and…

Jingle Sails

From the December, 2020 issue of 48° North To the tune of "Jingle Bells" (verse) The pressure’s dropping low, And sun lights up the sky. They say it’s gonna blow, So let’s go for a ride. Well, sure, it’s Christmas Eve, The…

‘Twas the Storm Before Christmas

From the December 2017 issue of 48° North.   Blustery cloudbanks and blistering cold, Praying the spring lines and deck cleats will hold, The rigging is singing and clanging aloft As my holiday light strings try not to…

Galley Essentials: A Winter Kayak to Henry Island

An offseason kayaking trip to Henry Island pairs well with some delicious dishes. Splish, splash, splish, splash is the recurring rhythmic sound emanating from my paddle blade as it dips into the cool water. I pull the blade…

These are a few of our favorite (boat) things

From the December 2020 issue of 48° North If you’ve ever lived-aboard or spent much time on a boat, you probably know it’s the little things — that galley gadget, that tool you can’t do without — that make life afloat…

FOR YOUR BOAT’S SAKE

When my younger sister and I were kids, our parents took us on a cross-country skiing vacation in northern Minnesota. During that trip, they worked with a local resort to set up an opportunity for us to go dog sledding.…

Galley Essentials: Fall Harvest Season in the Pacific Northwest

Now that the foliage on San Juan Island is revealing autumnal hues, I focus on the ever-changing landscape instead of gazing out wistfully across the blue Strait of Juan de Fuca. As reductions in both temperatures and…