Category: Sea Stories

Winds of Change: Rod Rigging Functionality, Interchangability, and Availability Considering Industry Changes

This article, by Lisa Vizzini, was originally published in the June 2017 issue of 48° North.  Earlier this year, the sailboat industry was shaken when Hall Spars and Navtec Rigging Solutions closed their United States operations. Over the years, Navtec and Hall shared many progressive, engineering driven, high profile...

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...

The ABSURDITY of Boat Projects

This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of 48° North.  Anyone who owns a boat will likely agree with me: boat projects are absurd. Various boat owners quantify this absurdity differently – some base it solely on price, others use their curse word count as a measure....

Cruising Barkley Sound

This article, by Conrad Wharton, is from the February 2017 issue of 48° North. It was mid April and still raining, even after two cups of coffee. It seemed miserable out, but we were motivated to make it to Ucluelet, most of the way to our spring cruising destination...

Dementia Adventure

Dementia Adventure Encouraging People with Dementia to Reap the Physical and Mental Benefits of Sailing As everyone who sails knows, a day out on the water has a huge impact on our physical and mental well being. But as we get older and lose our mobility, this becomes more...

When Whales Meet Sails

This article comes to us from 48° North interviewee, Damian Foxall. When Damian is not sailing some of the world’s fastest boats offshore, he works as the Recreation Education Manager for the Canadian Wildlife federation. Damian sent the article our way, but it is written by Tyson Bottenus, of Sailors for the Sea. Though...

The 27 Month Plan

We’re here, and we’re not talking about a physical destination. We’re cruising! The route wasn’t easy, but we did it and you can too. Many people dream about sailing off into the sunset someday. My wife, Michele, and I shared this dream. During a winter cruise in the San...

48° North Interview: Laura Dekker

Laura Dekker started her circumnavigation at age 14 and completed her record-breaking voyage in the Caribbean at age 16, making her the youngest person to ever solo circumnavigate the globe with stops. Before ever leaving land, her dream captured the world’s attention when the Dutch government objected to her...