Even a few more things than you mention, as I was born in Florida (Ft. Lauderdale) ;-)
Is your family from Finland? I understand there is a rather large Finnish community in the Ft. Lauderdale area.
Fortunately, buoyage is now standardized, so no baskets on sticks.
They had this system of baskets on sticks. The baskets could face up or down, could be one or several per stick and offered many different configurations, never could figure them out. Kept me sailing close to home ......
Hope you are enjoying the fruits of your labor and starting your Baltic summer cruise.