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10-20-2010 09:00 AM
sailingdog 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.
10-19-2010 10:12 PM
jackdale
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Originally Posted by sck5 View Post
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.
10-19-2010 09:45 PM
sck5 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
10-19-2010 07:27 PM
T37SOLARE
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A lot to be said for the Mark I eyeball...
and RADAR and a chart...
10-19-2010 07:14 PM
sailingdog A lot to be said for the Mark I eyeball...
10-19-2010 07:01 PM
rikhall Please don't missunderstand.

We have RADAR, AIS reciever, DSC Radio, Chart plotter, moving map software on our laptop . . . honest - have them and use them all, but, we absolutly love to cruise the coast of Maine and there you just have to play the "lobster trap float polka"! No choice.

More than five weeks there this past summer and we only picked up one, and I got it off without using a knife at all. I really really try to avoid costing a lobster person their gear.

And all possible because we try our best to avoid stuff that wants to wrap around our prop.
10-19-2010 06:18 PM
CaptainForce
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Originally Posted by rikhall View Post
I know this will sound silly - but you may just have to watch for them, like you do for lobster floats, jetsum and flotsum, and the such.

If you can aviod lobster floats at high tide in the Gulf of Maine, Yellow Bouys are a piece of cake!

Rik
Nothing silly about this at all! A view of the real world always trumps an electronic screen!
10-19-2010 03:23 PM
speciald Yes I have. A cat in the Caribbean 1500 ran into one a few years back and did significant damage.
10-19-2010 02:41 PM
akin_alan Ok with a chartplotter that is very easy. I look at how fast I am going and estimate when I will be getting close. Keep in mind I am a single handed sailor and I spend days at a time out there. Ever heard of someone running into one of those things?
10-19-2010 02:30 PM
wwilson
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Originally Posted by rikhall View Post
If you can aviod lobster floats at high tide in the Gulf of Maine, Yellow Bouys are a piece of cake!
Oh Yeah!
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