#TBT: Do You Speak My Language?

From the March 2006 issue of 48° North by Diana Jessie It was an unusual occurrence when 35 would-be cruisers gathered in a west coast yacht club to tackle a subject not listed in many cruising books: Spanish. If you lived…

#TBT: Are We There Yet? Know Before You Go.

From the March 2011 issue of 48° North by Gary Dickinson When our son was young, going to his grandparent’s house, he would say those universal words we all have heard, “Are we there yet?” That got me to thinking. How do we…

#TBT: Tales of an Unintended Singlehander

From the March 2004 issue of 48° North by Kaci Cronkhite It was a sticky hot monsoon day in January.  An urgent call had come in for me via the marina manager.  What I thought he said, but I found hard to believe, was that…

#TBT: Turning Adversity into Adventure

From the October 2003 issue of 48° North by Lance Ekhart It all started innocently enough.  I am careful to always shorten my dinghy painter before making any maneuvers with the engine and I did so this time, but obviously…

#TBT: Your Ferry Will be Ready Momentarily

From the July 2005 issue of 48° North by Warren Miller “You’re on overload for the three o’clock ferry and the five-twenty has been canceled because the cafeteria ran out of food. The next ferry you can get on won’t be…

TBT#: Wawona’s Last Story

From the April 2009 issue of 48° North by Gary Frankel "For a few brief moments, that old hulk turned back into a real ship. Away from the shore for one last voyage – despite the peeling paint, the rotting wood, the…

TBT#: Winter Cruising

From the February 2008 issue of 48° North by Migael Scherer Most pleasure boats spend a third of the year idle at the dock, neglected orphans from January through March. It doesn’t have to be this way. Sure, the days are…

TBT#: Joys of Winter Cruising

From the February 1987 issue of 48° North by Frances Barkan At this time of the year, we're just waiting for spring. The days are getting longer, but it's still chilly and rain falls almost continuously. Sailing seems out…

#TBT: The Seas of the “Suzy Wong”

From the September 2010 issue of 48° North by Marissa Beach Four shipmates survived hurricane force winds, thunderstorms, “Red China,” barely missing a potential “show down” with Chinese pirates and armed Indian soldiers,…

#TBT: GUNKHOLING: Shaw Island

Blind Island Marine State Park is a three acre jewel in the middle of the bay’s entrance. From the June 2004 issue of 48° North by Jo Bailey and Carl Nyberg Finding the most beautiful island in the San Juans to cruise to is…