Start your weekend with our Friday Five for June 26. This is what caught our eye this week:

Light characteristics – how do navigators identify lights at night?

Navigating at night is made possible through an assortment of navigation aids, both ancient and modern. Lights are arguably the most important of these. Therefore, navigators need to be able identify the different types of light and what they signify. READ MORE

Passage planning: Paper or electric?

We tend to consider paper charts the most reliable means of passage planning, but both electronic and paper options offer different useful features, as Bruce Jacobs explains. READ MORE

Ports Of Call: Navigating Through COVID-19

We are all navigating uncharted waters during the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus is only 20 weeks old, so there is still a lot we don’t know about it. Therefore, the course forward needs to be plotted with caution.
While we’re paying so much attention to the coronavirus, we also must remember the basics about staying healthy.  READ MORE

Independent or Oblivious?

One of the aspects of cruising life that we cherish the most is the independence. We decide where to go, when to go, and how to get there. It’s easy to be sucked into thinking that any decision we make is one that only affects us and nobody else. READ MORE

Marine Toilet Maintenance Tips

Early in the sailing season, the things we overlooked during winter storage can come back to haunt us. And with regard to our boat’s sanitation system, the spooky item is usually the marine toilet. Seals are often the first to go, with telltale waterlines dripping from the pump body. Less obvious are failures at the joker valve, the duck-billed rubber valve that prevents flushed water (and odor) from returning to the bowl. If you can’t completely flush your marine toilet, the joker valve may be failing. READ MORE

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