Start your weekend with our Friday Five for May 22. This is what caught our eye this week:

The Remarkable Thea Foss

In 1889, a quiet, reserved Norwegian immigrant used profits from a rowboat sale to begin building one of largest tugboat companies in the U.S. READ MORE

Stargazing for Mariners: Northern Sky

We have a new Regiment of the North Star that can be used for finding latitude from Polaris without the official USNO annual nautical almanac. It can be used anytime you see Polaris, on any date or year.  READ MORE

Swivels: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Upon his return after a storm, one of our friends discovered that his modest schooner was missing from its mooring. It was eventually located several miles away, grounded on a shoal, having found its way around navigational aids, between power line towers, past fishing piers, and even through a bridge span, somehow sustaining nary a scratch.  READ MORE

AIS vs radar: Do you really need both?

AIS and chartplotters have come a long way in the last decade, but are they enough to replace radar? READ MORE

Solar, And Temperature

These cool, partly cloudy spring days provided me an opportunity to see the temperature dependence of solar panel energy generation right up close and personally. READ MORE

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