Fun in the South Sound: Toliva Shoal 2024

The winding Toliva Shoal course. Green line is the outbound route, red is the return trip. Co-hosted annually in mid-February by the Olympia Yacht Club (OYC) and the South Sound Sailing Society as the third of four races in…

Columnist Lisa Mighetto Wins BWI Writing Award for Her 48N Story, “Once More, With Feeling”

Please join us in congratulating 48° North's history and cruising columnist, Lisa Mighetto—the author of our recurring series A Northwest Sailor Navigates the Past. Her always excellent work was recently recognized with an…

Marina del Rey to Astoria

Hopping North Up the Coast to Get a Newly Acquired Grand Banks Home When I found a 1988 Grand Banks 36 for sale in Southern California’s upscale Balboa Yacht Basin, there were a host of things I had to do to make her ours.…

The Boat Geeks Podcast Sets Sail with Star-Studded Lineup of Inaugural Guests

The Boat Geeks podcast, a new PNW-based media venture in the maritime world, is delighted to announce the official launch of a show that takes boating enthusiasts on an exciting journey through the high seas of…

February Products News

Mantus Dinghy For cruisers in the Pacific Northwest, finding a dinghy that can be dragged up on rocky, barnacle laden beaches without being damaged has long been a difficult task. Now, coming in 2024, Mantus Marine is set to…

Better Than Expected, As Always — Shaw Island Winter Classic 2024

The first North Sound race of the year is a predictably great tradition, the good times always surpass questions about the forecast. Wylie 24, Tanuki, on their way to the overall win. Photo by Julia Soes. The Orcas Island…

Healing My Sailing Anxiety

How I Learned to Enjoy the Sailing Portion of the Cruising Lifestyle I Love The author's boat Muse is a great cruising platform. Her challenges stemmed not from the boat, but from within. Mother’s Day 2023 was a windy one.…

Destinations: Top Stops in Desolation Sound

In our latest destinations installment courtesy of SalishSeaPilot.com‘s Lynne Picard and Jim Burgoyne, we discover some of their favorite anchorages in Desolation Sound. Among the most common questions we get is: What are…

Only Six Spots Remain on 48° North Cruising Rally July 28 – August 2… Register today!

The 48° North Cruising Rally back again this year, and we're already over halfway to our limit of 15 boats. The rally runs from July 28 - August 2, 2024. Register while you still can, and join the fun! TL;DR: Sign up here!……

Close to the Water: A Second Cruise with My Mate

A Second Cruise Brings Border Crossings, Uncertainty, and Lessons Learned. Sailing across Lopez Sound, enjoying the summer weather. It’s an image I’ll never forget: my wife, Kate, hoisting our boathook overhead, a radar…