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Old 05-27-2008, 04:41 AM
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While navigating from 15 to 17 I headed for buoy 16 and nearly ran aground. I checked my Garmin mapsource legend and it does not identify what kind of buoy no. 16 is. Can someone help me as to what went wrong ?
I am trying to attach or paste a picture of the map in this post, how do I do that ?

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Old 05-27-2008, 05:09 AM
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Default Re: Nav Red Buoy

To answer your question - Odd bouys are black, even buoys are red.

HOWEVER, one should use the GPS chartplotter as an advisor, not as the primary means of navigation. Most often those charts are months, or possibly years out of date (all of them, not just Garmin's). A paper chart, corrected to the latest Notice To Mariners is the best way to ensure you keep out of trouble.

When I was sailing as a merchant mariner as 2nd Mate, my overtime was correcting charts. It's a lot of work, and can take a lot of time, but the charts we used regularly were up to date.

Buoys can move, shoals can shift. If you're operating in an unfamiliar area, it's your responsiblity to KNOW where you are, and where the safe water is.

Dick - you were lucky.

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Old 05-27-2008, 05:58 AM
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Joe,

>>Dick - you were lucky. << Yes I was, but the 50' behind me was not so lucky.

I wish I could post a picture here of the red buoy as it is displayed on the Garmin chart. It has a red circle around it. But I don't see a box that has the attachment option.

Dick
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To add to the good advice from marinerjoe, Garmin has a CD available to load the "updates to Mariners" on their mapsource charts. Check out the Garmin website. The red circle sounds like a light sector which you can turn on and off. A light sector displays the navigation light displayed by various navads.

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