Video: 450 Glorious Downwind Miles from Nicaragua to Mexico

The crew of Yahtzee embarks on a 450-mile passage from Nicaragua to Mexico. With hurricane season coming in the tropics and a summer in Alaska on the horizon, our crew decided to leave San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua and head…

World’s Best Potluck Spot: Mopelia

When someone with Amanda's vast experience has a favorite cruising potluck stop, one would do well to listen! Editor's note: The voyage to the tiny French Polynesian atoll of Mopelia may be long — especially if starting from…

Galley Essentials Column Wrapping Up After 16 Years

This post kicks off Galley Week, in which we will share a few favorite Galley Essentials from over the years, as well as Amanda's final column in this illustrious series. Help us celebrate Amanda and wish her well! Amanda…

48N Editor Andy Cross Wins Boat Writers International Award!

Our own Andy Cross wowed a panel of judges in Boat Writers International's annual contest, winning first place in the coveted Boating Adventures category. Congrats Andy! Andy Cross. I'm truly proud to report this good news…

Taking Refuge in Canada

When an emergency stop is required inbound from Hawaii, an American couple finds shelter across a closed border From the October, 2020 issue of 48° North. Five hundred lonely miles west of Cape Flattery, the sickening sound…

Q&A: 5 Questions with John and Amanda Neal on their New PNW Exclusive Classes

Mahina Expeditions Offering New Ocean Cruising Courses Based Out of Bellingham 48° North readers know may know Amanda Swan Neal best as the author of the well-loved Galley Essentials column, but many will certainly be aware…

#TBT: Trekka Sails Again

From the October 2005 issue of 48° North by Shirley Hewett After 25 years on shore, one of the world’s most famous yachts returned to the water in Victoria Harbour for the June Tall Ships 2005 events. With her builder John…

What Makes For A Good First Offshore Experience?

In this interview with Chuck Skewes, we discuss specific criteria to create enjoyable first offshore experiences. The allure of the ocean is inescapable for many sailors. Yet for those considering their first foray offshore,…

Looking for laughter and inspiration in these trying times? Watch this.

Sitting at home or on your boat and looking for something to watch? This is one of my favorite sailing documentaries, which follows the life of a charismatic sailor and his unconventional voyage around the globe. A must see…

One Tack & Two Jibes

One Tack & Two Jibes 1,300 Miles from Alaska to San Francisco Wedged between the lee cloth and cushions on Yahtzee’s starboard settee, I stare aloft through the dark of the cabin and the main hatch, listening intently to…