A Sailor’s Sourdough Comes to Life on a Honeymoon Cruise

A several month cruise through British Columbia gives a couple a chance to celebrate their recent marriage, experience their new home waters, and grow a shipboard sourdough starter. The following article originally appeared…

Homeward Bound: Part 1, Turkey to Singapore

Last month, we were introduced to Peter and Ginger Niemann — award-winning Seattle-based circumnavigators whose journey home through the pandemic-closed world found them boat-bound for more than 300 days. They were in Turkey…

Reflecting on the Joys and Challenges of Cruising with Kids

This article was originally published in the April 2022 issue of 48° North. Ten days on a boat? With a baby?” friends asked when they learned about our plan to cruise the San Juan Islands on our 28-foot sailboat. “Are you…

Sailing Home to the Pacific Northwest

This article originally appeared in the April 2022 issue of 48° North. Land ho!” I looked up to see Ginger peering down the companionway hatch, grinning widely. “Mountains!” she pointed to port. We weren’t surprised that we…

A 10 Year Milestone: From the PNW to the Panama Canal

This article was originally published in the April 2022 issue of 48° North. Looking forward and aft — at what, I'm not exactly sure — our canal pilot, Francisco, says simply, “Slow down, we need to wait here.” I can feel…

Trade Goods: Sharing is Caring While Cruising

This article was originally published in the January 2022 issue of 48° North. It’s hard to compete with a chicken — but I felt like I needed to after being invited for dinner aboard a sizable motor cruiser near Johnstone…

Home for the Holidays

Over the years, 48° North has decked the hulls with a variety of boating related yuletide joy. Since it's that season again, we're digging into the vault with some stories of holiday's past to help get you in the spirit.  As…

Winter Shakedown: A Year-End Cruise in Icy Alaska Offers Family Warmth

This article was originally published in the November 2021 issue of 48° North. Snow and ice crunched under my sea boots while walking down D-dock towards Yahtzee’s slip in Seward Harbor. The boys were ahead of me and I could…

Tales of the Northwest Passage: What’s in a fish?

This article originally appeared in the June 2021 issue of 48° North. Night had begun to return since leaving the last settlement of Cambridge Bay. Headed west, the wind on our nose, Breskell pounded into the teeth of the…

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…