Friday, May 12, 2006

Well You Talk About Buoys

The 16th century French word "buie" and its cooresponding German word from the same time frame "baukn" are attributed with being the origin of the contemporary word 'buoy'. Both words mean "beacon". A counter point, just to confuse me, is that there is also a French word circa 1645 - "boie" which means "chained to one spot" or teathered. Needless to say, somewhere in 17th century Europe the term had its roots.

From the Minnesota Boat Safety Web Site:
"Buoys and markers are the “traffic signals” that guide vessel operators safely along some waterways. They also identify dangerous or controlled areas and give directions and information. As a recreational vessel operator, you will need to know the lateral navigation markers and non-lateral markers of the U.S. Aids to Navigation System."
Current high water conditions make 'No wake zones' markers particularily important.

So there you have it. Fishing opener is upon us and the markers are out. The weather is so cold and rainy that I doubt the fishermen will find much competition with waver runners and recreational boaters on a tear. Good luck... brrrrrr.

Photos to come.


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