All in The Same Boat: Living Aboard During COVID-19

For Those Who Were Already Living On Their Boats, Staying At Home Has Perks That Outweigh The Challenges When was the last time you laid on your back and looked up at the sky watching puffy clouds float by? Just the other…

Announcing a NEW 48° North Essay Contest!

Share Your Story, Enter to Win! Here at 48° North, we love it when boaters of all stripes submit stories to share with this community. It is never-ending fun to hear about your adventures and ideas, your boats and boaty…

Sowing the Seeds of Speed While Fostering Fun

Influential Coaches & the High School Sailing Boom From the February issue of 48° North On a misty Saturday afternoon, I sit with one of the local island families in the Orcas Island High School gym watching their…

Experiential Learning, Maritime Style!

Port Townsend Maritime Academy Skills Center When Kelley Watson convenes her high school classes in Port Townsend, it might be in a classroom with a white board with tables and chairs. Or not. More likely, it will be in the…

The Argon Collective

"Argon" owners Jasmine Wornstaff, Sam Morin, Libby Borchert, and Calla Ward {left to right} enjoy Lake Union with Jasmines sister, Jessica Going sailing starts with a decision. Going sailing starts with a decision. A…

A self-reminder that cruising is not a vacation

Arriving back at Yahtzee in Sitka Harbor after an amazing trip to visit family in Michigan, I climb aboard and instantly start sorting through projects and things that need to get done. Fix the fridge drain. Replace hoses…

Why I named my boat ‘Capi’ (Hint: Think “Curve of Time”)

I’ve owned Capi, a 1994 Catalina 34, for exactly one year. I spent the year before that searching for a boat. I looked at dozens of boats online and checked out more than 15 in person before finding Capi in Oak Harbor, WA.…

Streamlining for re-entry to the cruising life

I’m going to say straight away here that sailboats sitting at the dock are no fun. Don’t be fooled into thinking they are. I’ve essentially known this fact since I was I kid, but recently have been forcing my nomadic,…

Winning the war on drips

It’s a long hard struggle to get the upper hand on condensation and its fungal accomplices. The temperature dipped to the lowest it had been this winter and I became, I admit, obsessed with the nemesis of my life as a…

Dancing the move-aboard two-step

Writing this from our friend’s log cabin in the woods outside of Seward, another fresh dusting of snow has just fallen. The days are getting longer in what seems to be leaps and bounds, and while winter activities like…