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Buoys Part II: The Cardinal Rule

Buoys II: The Cardinal Rule Which direction would you steer to avoid the danger? Photo: OceanMedia

Boaters growing up sailing in the United States who still spend their time solely in U.S. waters face two navigational quandaries. First, we are metrically challenged. As long as our charts display soundings in ‘feet’ and not ‘meters’, we are …

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Lateral Marks For Pilotage

Cluster of buoys. Photo: Arne Hückelheim

The Strait of Dover, the narrowest point in the English Channel, was shrouded in thick fog on January 11, 1971 when the tanker Texaco Caribbean was struck by the freighter Paracas. The collision caused the tanker to explode, split in …

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