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October 25, 2012

Reader Tips: Inexpensive Marker Buoy

Make an inexpensive marker buoy from a foam pool noodle and nylon rope.

An inexpensive marker buoy can be made with a 2- to 3-foot section of 4-inch-diameter bright-yellow foam pool noodle.

Poke a hole a couple of inches from one end, and tie a loop of 1∕8 -inch nylon rope through the hole.

Attach a large snap swivel to the loop, then a measured length of nylon line, and end with a sash weight or multiple sinkers wrapped with duct tape.

Mark the line length on the side of the noodle with a felt-tip marker.

The line wraps around the noodle and unwinds when the noodle is tossed from the boat.

Jim Hansen

Levittown, Pennsylvania