Island Life 2020

A Potpourri Of Perspectives about Cruising in the San Juan Islands From the August, 2020 issue of 48° North. For many boaters around the Pacific Northwest, the San Juan Islands are the quintessential destination for summer…

Interviews with Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor About Re-Opening

John Neal of Mahina Expeditions interviews representatives from Port of Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor Resort about their recent openings The rumors are true, the San Juan Islands are open! According to the San Juan County…

Waggoner’s Details for Day-Use Reopening of Recreational Boating

Understanding and Following the Guidelines are Key to Continuing (and Increasing) Access, Now That Day-use Boating has Reopened Editor's Note: The team that brings you one of the most trusted names in cruising, Waggoner…

Rally Reflections, Part Two: The Real Business of Living

The big bay of the Crown Jewel. Exploring the Crown Jewel Sucia Island is both well known and well loved, and is commonly referred to as the "Crown Jewel of the San Juan Islands". It is a favorite among savvy cruisers and…

Rally Reflections Part One: Sailing to Sucia

Take a Trip Back in Time to Last Year's 48° North Cruising Rally (formerly called the Cascadia Cruising Rally) It’s natural to hop in the time machine right now—fly off to carefree days of travel, exploration, and…

Dog-Friendly Destinations

Around Puget Sound Gig Harbor Charming Gig Harbor is a wonderful stop on any cruise. With multiple guest moorage options and anchoring space to boot, there is a spot to be found and some fun to be had in Gig Harbor for most…

Sirius 40 DS Boat Review

48° North Tests the Stout, Twin-Keeled Bluewater Cruiser The Sirius 40 Deck Saloon (DS) just made its North American Boat Show debut in Seattle in January, and I have to admit, it had not been on my radar. It certainly is…

Destination: Kimball Preserve

The view from the Sirius 40 DS in Kimball Preserve A Winter Cruising Discovery Who among us doesn't love the archipelago of the San Juan Islands for its treasure trove of explorable nooks? There's plenty of reason to see…

Galley Essentials: Canned Tuna Makeover

Amanda gathers various fishy provisions in Brisbane. Tuna Makes Great Cruising Cuisine Recently in Brisbane, Australia, I took stock of my canned tuna provisions and discovered that I had eight brands from seven countries.…

48° North/Ullman Sails Cascadia Cruising Rally Report

In early August, 48° North put on a new cruising rally, which was sponsored by Ullman Sails. A terrific group of people enjoyed and a week of tropical weather while we cruised together through the San Juan and Gulf Islands.…