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Anybody use them? How about the motor-saill marker? I have in mind to make one that does both. Is this a viable product for, say, $29?
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Around here we use a lot of round inflatable fenders (scotchman' usually orange). I put one in a black garbage bag on the forestay if anchoring in navigable area. In a recognized anchorage , only light at night. Never bothered with cones.and drive defensively
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I have both onboard but have only used the anchor ball. Platismo makes them, West Marine has the ball for about $18. Defender has the cone for $17. So you're in the ballpark re price.

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A vessel under 12 meters is not required to display the "motor sail marker". I have yet to see anyone use one that is not required.

Heck, I don't recall seeing the black ball being displayed by pleasure craft in any of the places I frequent.

I'm still waiting to be sailing along, look over and see a vessel displaying the "mine clearing markers". I hope I have change of underwear.

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Off Victoria water front in Juan de Fuca, under sail, 4 knots. Large Navy vessel coming at my port bow at speed. Tacked at the last moment to let him charge by (100 meters) I make a shrugging motion (WTF) and the man on the bridge points up at the two cones in his rigging Apparently sea trials or something. Gotta keep alert. Be brave and watch for the signs.

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I have one, but only because it came with the boat. I've used it a couple of times when anchored in areas that where I thought there might be some come confusion (such as within a designated anchorage, but near a channel).
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They havent moved from their bilge locker where I found them after I bought the boat.
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Anybody use them? How about the motor-saill marker? I have in mind to make one that does both. Is this a viable product for, say, $29?
Have and use both
Made in two halves that slide together.
Price here is
Ball 30 cm 99 NOK = 20 USD
Same for a cone.
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A vessel under 12 meters is not required to display the "motor sail marker". I have yet to see anyone use one that is not required.
12 m = 40 feet, lots of boats with LOA more than that.

Personally I get annoyed when boats that are motor sailing don't give way when I'm sailing - lot easier to understand what's going on if people bother.
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On a recreational boat, I've seen an anchor/steaming signal exactly once each in New England over decades. I wouldn't think the market was that deep.
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