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…

#TBT: Revisiting a Legend — R.M. “Tolly” Tollefson

In our latest Throwback Thursday, we honor legendary Pacific Northwest boat designer and builder, R.M. “Tolly” Tollefson; written by Deborah Bach for his 100th birthday. He is one of the Northwest’s most enduring and…

Editor’s Letter: It’s All About Perspective

In the past few weeks, I got to enjoy the ever-popular pair of September events: the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival and the Lake Union Boats Afloat Show. Each is a celebration of boats and dreams and life on the water in…

#TBT: Galley Essentials – Recipes from a New Friend’s Galley

In our latest Throwback Thursday, longtime 48° North columnist Amanda Swan checks in with Friday Harbor liveaboard Margot McKirdy to see what secrets her galley holds. I recently met Margot McKirdy here in Friday Harbor, and…