Returning from Scotland, I decided to investigate buoys—you know, those little beach ball things. I spotted an endless array of them on prior trips to Wales and England while traveling along the rugged coastline and now in Scotland as I drove past mountain-shrouded lochs. Not being nautical in the least, I found myself fascinated by those mysterious, round, orbs so I plunged into the internet (face it: all fiction writers are closet researchers) where I learned…
There are more—many more—floating street signs that boaters rely upon as they attempt to navigate various waterways. The buoys are joined by a whole host of other markers and beacons that can feature numbers, lights, stripes, diamonds, crosses, and colors which will change depending if you are on the port or starboard side when going upstream. Lesson learned on this research trip? Never take for granted the knowledge your ship’s captain carries around in his head when taking you out for a day of fun upon the sea.
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