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There are more than 900 Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) buoys in Georgian Bay. Some buoys are lighted, many are not. All buoys have reflective material for detection at night with a spotlight. All CCG buoys are numbered for identification - this was C194.
I was attracted by the flagged pines on this island and the complementary red bouy to the green subject matter. The street of stratocumulus over the mainland completes the scene nicely. I used a lot of paint on this self made cnvas panel. As always, it was fun!
The great majority of CCG buoys in Georgian Bay are small spars. The spar design is best for survival through the winter months and eliminates the need to remove them in the fall. Larger spars are used in deeper water or in more open areas. In some cases large lighted buoys are used that can be seen visually and on radar from greater distances. These are generally found in open water. The CCG also maintains more than 400 shore-based fixed aids to navigation. These range from small day beacons to large lighthouses. There are a number of limiting factors in accurately positioning buoys and their anchors. These factors include prevailing atmospheric and sea conditions, current conditions, water levels, seabed conditions, and the fact that buoys are moored to anchors by varying lengths of chain and may drift about their charted positions within the scope of their moorings. Fixed aids are generally more reliable. In some instances, it is necessary to establish a buoy in close proximity to or on a navigational hazard such as a shoal, reef or ledge or other danger. Mariners are cautioned not to navigate too closely to a buoy and risk collision with it, its mooring or with the underwater obstruction which it marks.
December 6th, 2015
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