Category: Sea Stories

Women’s Day at the Boat Show

Captain Margaret Pommert is talking about diapers but there isn’t a woman in the room giving babies much thought. The attendees of this week’s sell-out Women: Dock, Diesel, Navigate, Crew Overboard Boat Show University course are focused on tips for diesel engine maintenance. Pommert continues to demonstrate oil changing...

‘Twas the Storm Before Christmas

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 blow off.   I had hung them on Sunday, a gem of a day With the feeling of autumn, and...

Ode to Autumn on the Salish Sea

This article, by Becca Guillote, originally appeared in the September 2017 edition of 48° North. It’s my favorite time of year in the Pacific Northwest. The days are getting shorter, but the weather is crisp and refreshing. The frenzy of summer is subsiding in the city, but the woods...

You Know More Than You Think You Do!

This article, by Irene Panke Hopkins, was originally published in the October 2017 issue of 48° North.   One Woman’s Discoveries about Equal Partnerships, Sailing Knowledge, and Self-Confidence On a recent sunny evening, a handful of women from my dock at Shilshole Bay Marina watched in awe as Cathy,...

Cruising the Galápagos Islands

This article, by Michele Rogalin Henderson, was originally published in the September 2017 issue of 48° North. When I was a child of eight years, I knew, in the earnest way that children do, that I was meant to be a marine herpetologist when I grew up. Jacques Cousteau...

It Takes Six Months

This article, by Becca Guillote, originally appeared in the April 2017 Issue of 48° North. Before we left Seattle, those that had cruised before all agreed it would take us six months before we truly slowed down. Of course, if we asked the same 12 people what type of oil...