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…

The Right Boat

You probably know this type of boater; the person who has a hard time with commitment. This year they’re training in an Alden rowing shell, next year outfitting an Ericson 38 keeps them busy—until the following season, when…

A Small Boat, A Lot of Learning, & Big Time Fun

From the October, 2020 issue of 48° North Will and I met at the Marina Cafe, a spot known for its homemade pastries and strong cups of coffee. I had been talking with him about buying his boat for some time and had even gone…