Images from the 48° North-Ullman Sails Cruising Rally

Perfect weather, great sailing, new friends and orcas have punctuated this annual week of cruising in company! We're currently on the last full day of the 2022 48° North-Ullman Sails Cruising Rally in the gorgeous San Juan…

Little Boats on the Big Stage

The Gorge delivers for Optimist Nationals! When I told people in 2019 that the Columbia Gorge Racing Association (CGRA) was thinking about putting in a bid for the USODA Opti Nationals, I got a lot of responses, usually…

Anchoring Etiquette

4 Keys to Being a Good Neighbor On the Water From the July 2020 48° North issue Whether it’s the most popular bay in the San Juan Islands, a quiet cove in south Puget Sound, a tiny nook in British Columbia or a…

Close to the Water: Gone Sewing

The author works on a sewing project for his fleet of boats. When I got over the jaw-dropping price of a bolt of Sunbrella fabric, I set aside my habitual thriftiness and pulled out my credit card. After all, I reasoned,…

USCG Establishing Safety and Security Zones for Fleet Week and Seafair

The Coast Guard will enforce multiple safety and security zones on Elliott Bay and Lake Washington during the upcoming Parade of Ships, Fleet Week, and Seafair festival Aug. 1 to Aug. 7. During Monday’s parade of ships, the…

Wild Burnaby Narrows

Exploring the "Galapagos of the North" When you think of the Galapagos Islands, what comes to mind is a place teeming with sea life and unique flora and fauna that is hard to get to and relatively untouched by modern humans.…

Taz Basin: Sunshine At Hole-in-the-Wall

From my vantage point atop a large, round granite boulder, sweeping views of the Gulf of Alaska and rugged Kenai Peninsula coast seemingly stretch on forever. Turning the opposite direction to the east, my view is quite…

July Products News

Fujinon TS-X 1440 Binoculars Fujifilm has continually used its optical and mechanical design technologies to develop high-performance and high-quality binoculars for day-to-day use. The TS-X 1440 is its latest product, which…

PNW Teams Win Big in 2022 Pacific Cup

The 2022 version of the Pac Cup saw a large contingent of boats from the Pacific Northwest on the start line, and they didn't disappoint. In what proved to be an exceptionally tricky year weather-wise to race from San…

Echoes of a Homesteading Past on Jedediah Island

Every time we drop the hook at Jedediah Island, we dream about leaving the modern world behind to try our hand at homesteading. A small island tucked between Lasqueti and Texada islands in the middle of the Strait of…