CB-650 Data Buoy

CB-650 Data Buoy

The CB-650 offers a compact platform with convenient tower mounting for met sensors, navigation lights, and radar reflectors.

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Features

Powerful

Powerful

The platform integrates three 30-watt solar panels on the tower with space for up to three 28 A-Hr batteries in the data well.

Tower

Tower

The stainless steel tower includes a top mounting plate for solar marine lights and radar reflectors. Mounts are also available for weather sensors, video cameras and other topside instruments.

Data Well

Data Well

A 10-inch diameter by 22-inch tall data well provides a watertight housing for batteries, data loggers, sensors, and other hardware.

Connections

Connections

The data well lid provides pass-through connections for sensors, power, venting, and more. When integrated with the optional NexSens X2-CB data logger, the system is truly plug-and-play.

Top-to-Bottom Ports

Top-to-Bottom Ports

Three 4-inch pass-through ports allow for sensors to be mounted underwater while securely routing the cable. Instrument deployment pipes and custom sensor mounts attach to 4-inch NPT bottom threads.

Solar Beacon

Solar Beacon

The optional solar marine light has a one to four nautical mile range and securely mounts to the buoy top plate for maximum visibility.

Data Logging

Data Logging

The X2-CB data logger replaces the standard pass-through data well lid for turnkey systems. Alternatively, 3rd party data loggers can be integrated by the user inside the data well.

Wireless Communications

Wireless Communications

Communication options using the X2-CB data logger include Wi-Fi, radio-to-shore, cellular, and Iridium satellite.

Built to Last

Built to Last

Constructed of cross-linked polyethylene foam with a heavy polymer skin and an indestructible stainless steel frame, the CB-650 is designed for years of service.

Tech Specs

  • Hull Dimensions: 38" (96.52cm) outside diameter; 22" (55.88cm) tall
  • Tower Dimensions: 40” (101.60cm) tall, 7/8 tubular
  • Data Well Dimensions: 10.3” (26.16cm) inside diameter; 21.5” (54.61cm) tall
  • Weight: 215 lbs. (97.52 kg)
  • Buoyancy: 650 lbs. (294.84 kg)
  • Hull Material: Cross-linked polyethylene foam with polyurea coating & stainless steel deck
  • Tower/Hardware Material: 316 stainless steel
  • Mooring Attachments: 1 or 2 point, 3/4” eyenuts
  • Solar Power: (3) 30-watt 12 VDC solar panels

Case Studies

Sturdy Little Buoy, Tremendous Predictive Power

Two solitary data buoys floating off the storm-tossed Lake Superior shore near Munising and Granite Island were sudden stars in 2017. That October, they captured the largest waves ever measured on the Great Lakes—each 28.8-foot high—during a storm that claimed the lives of two people swept off rocks. This attention-getting event shows how buoy data help managers and the public comprehend the otherwise unimaginable force of a wild Lake Superior […]

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Monitoring An Active Thermocline, Rapid Changes

Beginning in the 1990s, researchers have collected samples manually every few weeks on trips to Lake Champlain to gather data on its dynamics. But the metrics the team has collected are spotty, considering the faster-paced changes fueled by a changing climate. To help fill in those holes, researchers from the State University of New York (SUNY)—Plattsburgh deployed a cellular data buoy in the lake near Valcour Island. The buoy is […]

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A New Kind of Sentinel on Lake Superior

For more than 100 years, the Stannard Rock Lighthouse has kept a watchful guard over Lake Superior. But now, a new weather buoy is joining the watch in a remote part of Lake Superior, providing much-needed weather data to local mariners, the National Weather Service (NWS), and researchers. Scientists from the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP), Lentic Environmental Services (LES), and the University of Colorado-Boulder deployed the buoy on the lake […]

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