On Maneuvers: Understanding Channel Markers

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By Randy Vance
There are probably a hundred or more different navigation markers on American waterways, so learning to follow them can be a full-time endeavor. Most markers are set by the United States Coast Guard and some by local marine authorities. If you want to stay off the rocks, learning to identify these marks and symbols on the water and on a chart — and knowing what the fine print means — is mandatory.