Essay Contest Winner: The Meaning of May

For adventures and good fortunes large and small, the meaning of May is being thankful. The following is our winning entry for our first-ever (to our knowledge) 48° North Essay Contest. The essay prompt was simply: What does…

“THERE’S A FIRE IN THE MARINA!”

Liveaboards Spring into Action When a Boat Catches Fire at Port Ludlow Marina “There’s a fire in the marina!” Lisa shouted down to me at roughly 8:30 a.m. on April 29, 2020. While that is a sentence you definitely never want…

All in The Same Boat: Living Aboard During COVID-19

For Those Who Were Already Living On Their Boats, Staying At Home Has Perks That Outweigh The Challenges When was the last time you laid on your back and looked up at the sky watching puffy clouds float by? Just the other…

A self-reminder that cruising is not a vacation

Arriving back at Yahtzee in Sitka Harbor after an amazing trip to visit family in Michigan, I climb aboard and instantly start sorting through projects and things that need to get done. Fix the fridge drain. Replace hoses…

Winning the war on drips

It’s a long hard struggle to get the upper hand on condensation and its fungal accomplices. The temperature dipped to the lowest it had been this winter and I became, I admit, obsessed with the nemesis of my life as a…

Kitsap Sun: Bainbridge rowers challenge island’s proposed addition of liveaboard space

Great article here from the Kitsap Sun's Nathan Pilling about the proposed liveaboard spaces in Eagle Harbor and how the island's rowing club will be impacted... Sue Entress, president of Bainbridge Island Rowing's board,…

'Can people actually live cheaper aboard a boat?'

We recently came across this interesting article in the Seattle Times about live-aboard life in Seattle. With the city's ever-climbing housing prices, boats are a more viable option than ever. From a boater's perspective,…

Why Knot? When buying a boat is the best housing option

This video about moving aboard in the PNW popped into our feed yet again and struck a cord with us because, well, we know how it goes in Seattle...

‘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…

Gennie and Jarod: A Sailing Couple Finds Their Boat

This article, by Becca Guillote, was originally published in the November 2017 issue of 48° North. Photos by her co-captain, John Guillote. The sun was doing its best to suppress the October chill as we motored across a…