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…

Boaters Play Critical Role in Protecting Endangered Whales 

With the busy Labor Day weekend approaching, the last hurrah for many summer boaters before buckling down for the fall, please be safe, courteous, and whale wise upon the Salish Sea. As scores of vessels take to local…

Lessons to Re-Learn: When Cruisers Return to Land

This article was originally published in the August 2021 issue of 48° North.  Unfamiliar features have entered everyday life for the Totem crew. The galley is now called a kitchen; it includes a countertop box you put food…

Thank You For Teaching Me to Row

For Love of the Water and Family… And Sharing it with Others Over the power of the wind and the rhythm of the waves pushing Yahtzee westward away from the coast of Central America, the buzzing phone in my pocket pulls me…

Saying ‘Yes’, A Cruising Lifestyle Philosophy

This article originally appeared in the May 2021 issue of 48° North. We had just moved 3,000 miles across the country to Seattle, drawn by its enigmatic inland sea fueled by the Pacific Ocean and embraced by jagged snowy…

Close to the Water: Small Boat Businesses Weather the COVID Storm

This article originally appeared in the May 2021 issue of 48° North. I confess to being a typical American in my shopping habits: I go to the store or browse the web, find what I want and buy it. The pandemic changed that…

Amanda’s Galley Essentials Finale: Creating One-Pot Meals

In Amanda's final Galley Essentials column she offers up tips and advice for creating delicious meals when space is at a premium. The convenience of easy one-pot meals is no secret. At the end of a long day if you’re cooking…

World’s Best Potluck Spot: Mopelia

When someone with Amanda's vast experience has a favorite cruising potluck stop, one would do well to listen! Editor's note: The voyage to the tiny French Polynesian atoll of Mopelia may be long — especially if starting from…

Galley Essentials: Spuds in Spitsbergen

The first throwback of Galley Week is one of Amanda's favorite culinary memories... What to do when the officers welcoming you to a remote Norwegian port give you a giant bag of one overstocked ingredients? Magdalene Fjord,…

Galley Essentials Column Wrapping Up After 16 Years

This post kicks off Galley Week, in which we will share a few favorite Galley Essentials from over the years, as well as Amanda's final column in this illustrious series. Help us celebrate Amanda and wish her well! Amanda…