Inflating A Racemark Buoy
ETP suggests proper care for your race mark starts with proper inflation.
Proper inflation will extend the life of your race mark buoy.
Below is a video that demonstrates proper inflation.
Inflation Tips: On land : Use a 1” diameter hose fitting (we sell them) for inflation from a shop vac or air unit. When inflating fill the buoy until the walls are fully expanded to about 95%, no more. Over inflation will reduce the performance of the product and may cause premature failure. Over inflation voids any warranty. If inflating the buoy on water or other with a portable air compressor (we also sell these) the same rules apply. Once inflated make sure you IMMEDIATELY put the pressure relief cap on so that no extra air escapes.
Race Mark Anchoring Tips
Local conditions determine the best anchoring method. Areas with strong current or strong winds will need anchors that will work best in your local conditions. You might need to consider whether or not you need the buoy to “weather vane” or if you can send the anchor line straight to the bottom from the center of the buoy. Please consider the use of an anchor line weight 4-6 feet below the buoy to keep the anchor line from fouling the competitors. The use of a counterweight is not required for cubes or tetrahedrons though some customers have used them regardless.
Tomato Race Mark D-Rings
The ball mark or “tomato”, as we all call it, also has a double bottom into which steel shot can be poured, if needed.
Tetrahedron Race Marks Anchoring D-Rings
ETP carries the accessories necessary for race mark maintenance… See our accessories page.