Correcting Add East—An Overview of Compass Conversions

A true direction is the bearing of a target from your location measured relative to true north (000 T). True north is the direction on the horizon that is directly below the pole of the sky that all stars rotate about. It is…

Introduction to Vessel Running Lights (Navigation Lights)

Navigation lights help identify vessel type and its direction of motion.  The required lights are specified in the Navigation Rules, Part C, Rules 20 to 31.  Power vessels in Rule 23 and sailing vessels in Rule 25 are the…

Social Distancing and the Navigation Rules

These sad times have introduced a new terminology to the public called "social distancing," but this is not a new concept to mariners familiar with the Navigation Rules. We call it "close-quarters." Its goal is precisely the…

The Mariner’s Sky: Northern Sky

We have a new Regiment of the North Star that can be used for finding latitude from Polaris without the official USNO annual nautical almanac. It can be used anytime you see Polaris, on any date or year. The method relies on…

PNW-Based 1D35 SUCH FAST Finishes PV Race 2nd in Class

Pacific Northwest based SUCH FAST Sails into Puerto Vallarta Second in Class We'll look forward to connecting with the Pacific Northwest based Such Fast crew as soon as possible, but for now, they're catching up on some much…

Gates of the Inside Passage

Tips for Safe and Happy Transits As we motored through Dent Rapids, the VHF radio chirped to life. “When are we going to get to the rapids?” a flotilla participant asked. Having just passed through Yuculta Rapids, Gillard…

Forecasting and Evaluating Local Weather

Starpath Navigation's David Burch takes us through local weather analysis, with a focus on the 2020 Toliva Shoals Race For local weather, meaning inland and near coastal, we need regional models. For the day of the sail the…

Are You Ready For Alaska?

Your Boat, Your Skills, Your Expectations The article below, written by Mike Huston, was published in the September 2015 issue of 48° North. After our recent Alaska themed issue, we decided it was a good idea to share it…

Salish Sea Pilot’s guide to the Broughtons is here

This photo which Lynne snapped on a glorious morning in Drury Inlet graces the cover of our new guide to the Broughton Archipelago. Blogging has fallen off the radar as Lynne and I tacked like mad against headwinds to get…