Start this last weekend of summer with our Friday Five for September 18. This is what caught our eye this week:

The Great Dinghy Debate

Dinghies are the Rodney Dangerfields of cruising. They get no respect, or at least not as much as they deserve. The little boat that will see nearly as many sea miles as the mother ship is too often an afterthought. READ MORE

Mobile App to Help Boaters Locate Pumpout Services

Washington Sea Grant and the Washington State Parks Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Grant Program, welcome Pumpout Nav to Washington State. The free iOS and Android app is an interactive tool that helps boaters find the nearest pumpout and portable toilet dump stations using location information. READ MORE

Galley Essentials: Seven Efficient Galley Gadgets, and Recipes to Match

Making meals aboard is challenging in a small space, especially when you factor in managing heat and steam, and being conscious of water and propane usage. These hurdles of cooking aboard mean being selective about what items are in the galley, so our essentials are based on quality, ease of use, storage, and conservation of resources. READ MORE

Adding Cellular Internet Enhancement to Our Boat (Something We Never Expected to Do!)

For a long time now we’ve avoided adding fancy electronic networking to our boat to build out a wifi network. One of the best things about sailing is disconnecting from the outside world – sailing and anchoring in remote areas where Internet service is weak or non-existent. Time away from the pressures and stresses of the normal world was always one thing we loved most about cruising. READ MORE

The Benefits Of Co-Ownership

The average trawler owner keeps his boat for around three years. Why not share the cost and work? READ MORE

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