With a Little Help from Our Friends

This article was originally published in the October 2021 issue of 48° North.  After I retired from teaching, my wife and I moved to Tacoma to be closer to our son and escape the wildfires of Northern California. As we spent…

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

Ten years after the passing of this iconic Pacific Northwest boat designer and builder, we're happy to share this story written by Deborah Bach for his 100th birthday. He is one of the Northwest’s most enduring and prolific…

Three Sheets Northwest: After Nearly A Decade, A Boat Is Reborn

This article was originally published in the September 2021 issue of 48° North. 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…

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…