Tideland Introduces New Buoy Design For Deepwater Applications

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Tideland Signal Corporation of Houston, Texas, has introduced the new SAB-12 Sentinel Articulated Buoy. According to the manufacturer, the buoy has outstanding station- keeping capabilities and may be deployed where water depth makes placement of a fixed structure impractical.

The SAB-12 consists of two rigid tubes flanged together above the waterline, a submerged buoyancy section and a cylindrical fiberglass daymark. The buoy is held in place by a tension element of jacketed Kevlar™ rope attached by a swivel to a large concrete sinker. When the buoy is installed it is said to be exceptionally stable, displaying minimal watch circle.

High above the waterline and impregnated with bright, permanent color, the daymark cylinder is a striking visual target. All Tideland navaids and Sola Viva® solar electric generators are designed for dependability and will operate for many years with minimal maintenance. Exceptional visibility is a priority of the SAB-12's design: the focal plane of the lantern is 25 feet above MWL, and the radar reflector has a range in excess of eight miles. Adding a frequency-agile SeaBeacon® racon can make the buoy's location clear to oceangoing vessels more than 15 miles out, night and day in all weather conditions.

Sentinel Articulated Buoys are available in a range of sizes for a variety of applications and water depths up to 200 feet. Tideland offers a computerized buoy performance program for custom matching of buoy design and moorings to client specifications.

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