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rhr1956 04-04-2013 01:06 PM

Visibility of course marks
 
What can we do to make our course marks easier to see?
We lake race and use some marks we made out of 8" PVC pipe about 8 ft long with end caps permanately anchored. They stand about 4 ft above the water. All the marks are white and hard to see. http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9d049f11.jpg

Letrappes 04-04-2013 02:54 PM

My club does the same thing. We paint a couple black bands on them to make them stand out from the other small markers and the background. It's not perfect but it helps.

Faster 04-04-2013 03:00 PM

Re: Visibility of course marks
 
Maybe add a smaller diameter extension with a bright nylon flag.. easy to make.

chucklesR 04-04-2013 06:14 PM

Re: Visibility of course marks
 
Our's on the Magothy are yellow.

Yellow is the color that is easiest, and first, seen at a distance.
Black text on Yellow is the easiest to read.

Yellow is also not a normal USCG marking color.

Stumble 04-04-2013 11:51 PM

Re: Visibility of course marks
 
Paint them yellow as chuckles mentioned.

paulk 04-06-2013 11:34 PM

Re: Visibility of course marks
 
The Coast Guard requires our racing marks to be orange and white, but we're on salt water, not a lake. We use orange and white striped plastic highway construction barrels that we attach (screw down) to a square float. One that's a bit further out than the others has two of them stacked. Each is labeled with a big letter on four sides to identify it. Knowing where to look, we can generally pick them out more than a mile off, without binoculars.

SchockT 04-07-2013 12:06 AM

Re: Visibility of course marks
 
We can't have permanent marks, so we have to set marks on race day. We use large yellow or red inflatable marks, and even those can be tough to spot in the distance. White is a terrible colour to spot. Pait the marks orange or yellow, and, as Faster suggests, add a flag.

Of course if it is a permanent mark, then it's position should be known to everyone, and there really isn't any excuse to not have a waypoint for each mark, even if it is just on a smartphone!

paulk 04-07-2013 12:23 AM

Re: Visibility of course marks
 
If you take that one step further, why not just have each boat round each waypoint, and not have physical marks at all? Wouldn't THAT make the TV viewers absolutely nuts at the Olympics?

SchockT 04-07-2013 12:57 AM

Re: Visibility of course marks
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by paulk (Post 1013156)
If you take that one step further, why not just have each boat round each waypoint, and not have physical marks at all? Wouldn't THAT make the TV viewers absolutely nuts at the Olympics?

Yeah I can just see the protests on whether or not you were in the 2 boat circle, or if you hit the mark!:laugher

paulk 04-08-2013 12:58 AM

Re: Visibility of course marks
 
Couldn't you set the proximity alarm on the GPS so you'd KNOW that you were in the circle? The RC could superimpose the two tracks and KNOW who was doing what. Lots of fun!


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