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eyeballs wont help as much at night out on a passage or in thick weather. Sure, you should always watch everything all the time but you really need to figure out where they are, figure out where YOU are and then steer to miss them
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eyeballs wont help as much at night out on a passage or in thick weather. Sure, you should always watch everything all the time but you really need to figure out where they are, figure out where YOU are and then steer to miss them
The ODAS and other Cautionary buoys shown on chart 530 (NE Pacific area) indicate that they have a light characteristic of either Fl(4) or Fl(5). Many have a PA (position approximate) notation.

I actually find them harder to see in daylight. I go out to the South Brooks buoy quite often.

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Not all of them are on the charts... since some of them are often temporary in nature. Most are lit, and should be easily spotted at night, less so in the daytime. I'd point out that none of the lobster/crab pot buoys are lit, and many are painted dark colors that are very difficult to spot in the best of conditions. Spotting a much larger yellow buoy should be chickenfeed by comparison.

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