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    Re: [off-topic] Buoy Terminology
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2004 Oct 13, 17:16 -0700

    I'm not really trying to buy my own buoy, I was just using that as an
    example of "what do you call it?"  I saw the SailNet article you
    reference.  I find it fascinating because they note that these beasties
    come in various sizes (eg, 7x17) but the article nowhere gives a name for them.
    Since I made my post I've gotten an email from a Coast Guardsman who has
    served on a buoy tender and claims there is no name for them!  If they have
    lights or sound-producing devices, then they can be called that way (eg, a
    lighted buoy or a bell buoy), but if I have a plain-vanilla buoy of the
    with the truss-like upper works, there isn't a name for it!!
    Guess I'll have to add this buoy to my list of "things that we all see but
    don't have a name," like the groove that runs from your nose to your upper
    Oh well, back to Lunar Distances... at least we have a name for them :-)
    At 08:54 AM 10/13/2004, you wrote:
    >Lu, it seems there are very few people making them, i.e. one mfr for the
    >whole US east coast.
    >You might try asking the USCG OAN if they have any terminology for it, or if
    >they just order a "sea buoy" in a certain size and let the vendor fabricate
    >it to an internal design.

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