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How easy it is to successfully launch a 1.8 metre tall Aflex Self Inflating Marker Buoy (SIMB) that is only 30cm tall in the boat! The other significant factor is how long these buoys last. I can’t remember when we bought these but it was years and years ago and there is not a sign of wear or deterioration from life in the tropics! I have certainly proudly showed them off to visiting officials, competitors etc. In the last month we have hosted several Australian and international regattas and all the visiting race officials have been amazed by the Aflex buoys so we have always told them where to buy some!

John Byrne
Townsville Sailing Club, QLD, Australia

The speed of deploying and retrieving the marks far exceeded expectations. Another unexpected benefit was the ability to adjust the height of the marks in the water, to suit the wind strength. The clever weight design and easy clip system makes handling the lines and anchors a breeze and of course storage back at the shed is no longer the waste of space it used to be. We ran over them with almost every yacht in the club, including between the hulls of a tornado and they just bounced right back up. We will certainly not go back to the pre-inflated marks after having these. Would I recommend them? I certainly would!

Steve Newport
President & Chief Mark Layer, Nelson Yacht Club,, Nelson, New Zealand

This is an ingenious system, the weight of the buoy and its sinker causes air to be trapped so it floats some 1.5 m out of the water. The weight of the buoy is 5 kg, to which is attached a short length of chain for stability. Uninflated the buoy is only 900 x 200 mm, it is very easy to carry several on board a small RIB safety boat. I have been testing the sample buoy over four weekends dropping its anchor into 4-12 metres of water. I set it up using an anchor with 15 m of rope attached to a 2 m loop of 3/8 chain [4m total] attached to the buoy. It was well visible from a kilometer away against the trees in the background. During the laying tests I ‘accidentally’ dropped the buoy in the water at an angle of 60 degrees, rather than upright, and again with it only held half height from the boat. With the worst handling I could achieve, the buoy still floated one metre out of the water due to the trapped air.

Paul Fitzwarryne
Race Officer, ACT, Australia
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