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Re: Visibility of course marks

Call me a purist, but it just wouldn't be the same if there wasn't a physical mark that you had to squeeze around in tight formation with people screaming for room on both sides! The satisfaction of coming out of a crowded mark rounding ahead, and looking back to see your competitors smeared all over the mark, or doing their turns as you sail away! That just wouldn't happen with a "virtual" mark!

Such mark roundings are also a good argument for an inflatable mark instead of a hard mark. One of our fixed marks is actually a giant steel mooring buoy that may or may not have one or more barges tied to it. Hitting that mark is not a good idea!
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Re: Visibility of course marks

I've noticed that a lot of the smaller channel markers/lateral buoys are now made of plastic too....

Inflatable marks are best by far, for racing, but too expensive to leave in place and cumbersome to work with on a regular basis. We used to use 'man overboard pole' style marks with flags, cheap to make from PVC or bamboo, a foam float and some ballast. No big loss if a barge, log boom or freighter drove over it and took it away.
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Re: Visibility of course marks

RH,

We use a 24' bouncey ball kids toy, the one they sit on and bounce. The molded in handle makes a good tie off point and the yellow color can be seen from quite a distance even thou they only sit 2' above the water. Yellow is the best color.

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We use a 24' bouncey ball kids toy, the one they sit on and bounce. The molded in handle makes a good tie off point and the yellow color can be seen from quite a distance even thou they only sit 2' above the water. Yellow is the best color.

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That's a great idea! I am sure they are a lot cheaper than the small inflatables from Westmarine!
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Re: Visibility of course marks

If I remember right it cost me $17. I use my mushroom from my dike and a 50' 1/4" nylon line. Cheap and easy. Almost quailfie for a low buck project but it's not really for the boat.
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