Start this summer weekend  with our Friday Five for August 7. This is what caught our eye this week:

When your day doesn’t go as planned — and you’re not back at the dock when expected — ­someone needs valuable info to send the cavalry.

Whether you are on the water for an afternoon or a month-long excursion, a float plan can be a lifesaver. Download a copy of the BoatUS Float Plan to get you started. READ MORE

Why We All Must Help Save Historic Lakebay Marina

The Recreational Boating Association of Washington is actively seeking donations from boaters, yacht clubs, and recreational organizations in order to meet the closing deadline for this 18-acre property, which includes 600 feet of shoreline, a boat ramp, tidelands, and forest. After completion of the sale, RBAW plans to donate the property to Washington State Parks & Recreation to be enjoyed as a public park for generations to come. READ MORE

Adventuring to Princess Louisa Inlet

In 1956, they longed to visit the Canadian Gulf Islands and Princess Louisa Inlet. Their 16-foot Mansfield boat had a 25-horsepower motor, the largest motor available in those days and they felt confident they could make it. READ MORE

USCG Patrolling San Juans, Encouraging Boaters to Be Whale Wise

The Coast Guard is encouraging all mariners to be vigilant on the water, and to follow all rules and regulations protecting our Pacific Northwest wildlife. USCG crews will be out in the San Juan Islands this summer educating boaters on the laws protecting our Southern resident Orca Whales and other marine mammals. READ MORE

Thinking About Renovating a Yacht as a Hobby Project? Here’s What to Expect

There are many different scenarios that might see you one day staring down a decades-old boat on land from bow to stern, wondering, “Where do I even start?” Perhaps you’ve recently bought a pre-owned boat and are looking to make it your own. Or maybe your existing boat needs a few repairs and modern enhancements. It might even be that you have just inherited a boat that’s been in storage for so long and needs a little work before she is seaworthy again. READ MORE

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