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ditch-crawler
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« on: October 16, 2012, 02:41:53 PM »

In the past month, two of our creek's buoys have been attacked by a craft. The owner(s) of the craft know they have done this and, probably, sustained damage in their attempts to sink the buoys. I sincerely hope that the mayhem wasn't the responsibility of one of our own members, if it was, then I hope you read this and feel suitably admonished.

The buoys hit are:

1. The inner Green constructed by our indomitable 'creekman' William and lit by Keith's ingenuity. It has had its top hamper carved off. The section has been retrieved from the creek's bed, by me, however, it is now buggered.
A spare buoy has been repaired ready for fitting in its place - I don't suppose the culprit will offer 'his' services to help...

2. Green Buoy (currently marked No.6) has had a chunk carved out of the pillar section. Water has already started to soak into the foam filling: it sits lower in the water. The cost of replacing this buoy is in the region of £400 including the VAT. Not cheap eh.

I hope the culprit's boat is suitably gouged too ... not nice to say, but clearly the navigator of the craft isn't either.

Accidents happen - that is why we have insurance - or have you?

Pictures of the buoys will be on my web site today... 
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2012, 07:28:11 PM »

For information:

This morning (Wed 24th Oct), the inner green buoy was reinstated with a spare unit.

It has a green flashing light of unknown characteristics.

The buoy has been moved 2 metres south of its old position - sinker is now on the crest of the initial rise from creek bed.

Navigators should be aware that the run of the creek is deeper to the green side, in general.
From the end of the moorings, south side, the shallows extend out beyond the end of the mooring finger and 2 FR lights. Also, on this side, the run has a shallow convex curve towards inner red.

Thoughts are moving towards installing a further red buoy along this inner run. Any changes will be promulgated as they happen.
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2012, 06:07:12 PM »

Creek Buoyage Update:

The two new red and green outer buoys have been installed.

A new inner red has been installed too, approximately half way between end of moorings and previous inner red. This is lit. This buoy will 'force' craft 'north' of what has been assumed by many to be the run of the deep water.

The damaged green will, once repaired, be installed as a 'new' inner green. It will be fitted with a proper light eventually.

The lights, from outer to inner, are now:

Red 0.3 sec flash every 2.2 secs         Green 0.3 sec flash every 2.7 secs
Red 0.5 sec flash every 4.5 secs         Green 0.5 sec flash every 5.5 secs
Red 0.3 sec flash every 2.7 secs         Green 0.3 sec flash every 2.2 secs
Red 0.5 sec flash every 5.5 secs         The current inner green has an unspecified light flash period.
Red 0.3 sec flash every 2.2 secs

Buoys are essentially situated at the crest of the rise from the channel. It should be noted that many craft do not need to follow the buoyed channel literally, especially when the tide is full ... common sense should prevail. Due regard to larger craft should always be made.

The buoys will all be remarked shortly with the correct system of numbering...

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