Personnel safety should be the number one priority when deploying a buoy. It is essential to use the proper equipment (work boat, lifting rig, etc.) to deploy any buoy system. Buoy systems are heavy and personnel can quickly become entangled with mooring lines and anchors. Safety and flotation gear should be worn at all times when working on or near the water.
Remember to perform a complete system test on shore before deployment. Communication and sensor issues are much easier to troubleshoot before the system is in the water.
Prepare for Deployment
Prior to deployment, make sure that the MB-100S data buoy, SDL500 data logger with batteries, and the sensor mooring and anchor line are securely attached in a single assembly. This will help ensure a quick and easy deployment.
Water quality data is typically referenced by distance from the water’s surface. In such applications, bottom mooring chain permits water level fluctuation, which effectively allows the buoy to drift along the water’s surface in the vicinity of the mooring system.
To deploy a surface buoy, simply boat to the desired monitoring location and place the MB-100S buoy with data logger in the water. Allow the buoy to right itself, paying out the sensor mooring and anchor line as necessary. Make sure the anchor is still on board the boat.
With the data buoy floating in location, move the boat while paying out most of the sensor mooring and anchor line and bottom chain. Drop the anchor.
The data buoy is now deployed and operational.