Start your weekend  with our Friday Five for October 23. This is what caught our eye this week:

Defender Product Spotlight: Lewmar Heavy Duty Inflatable Yacht Fenders

Compact storage, welded seams, and a spring-activated, quarter-turn inflation valve are key features of this exceptional fender. READ MORE

How do you deal with garbage?

Cruising is rife with romantic ideals. Exploring faraway places and pristine environments; living in harmony with nature as we make potable water from the sea, power from the sun, and forage for dinner… what a life! Gazing out across turquoise water from the cockpit, trying to keep upwind of a bag of putrefying garbage waiting on the aft deck for a place to get disposed…ew. So, how do cruisers deal with garbage? READ MORE

Seasickness Solution For Sailors

Are you one of those boaters that gets seasick? Have you tried various medicines and they only make you feel worse? How about the technique where you plug one ear and close one eye? Read on for a unique seasickness solution for sailors. READ MORE

Bid to Acquire Historic Lakebay Marina Falls Through

The Recreational Boating Association of Washington’s Marine Park Conservancy announced on Tuesday that an effort to acquire the historic Lakebay Marina on the Key Peninsula, and preserve it as a publicly-held boating-and-recreational jewel for decades to come, will fall through as a result of an effort by the current property owner to hike the purchase price by more than 250 percent in exchange for granting an extension. READ MORE

Boat electricity – a look inside

I’m on many different types of boats, with many configurations. Some have a single ‘automotive-type’ battery on board. Others have shore power, coupled with multiple battery banks, generators and inverters. Often the complexity of the systems, dictates the type of power needed to support them. READ MORE

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