Originally Posted by eyschulman
Its not hard to remember Red right returning. You still have to figure out which way is returning. I find a paper chart covering the whole area(not always so on electronic turned up for detail) is what works for me.
Returning? I mostly cruise the AICW. Red is on the right heading south, on the left heading north. An easier way for me to think of it is, the red is on the mainland side, the green is on the ocean side.
The AICW is made up of rivers, creeks, sounds, etc. connected by land cuts. Many times on a river or sound, the ICW uses the shipping channels so the buoy colors are reversed for that section. There are special yellow marks on the buoys for the AICW but they are very small.
I find looking at the chart (my plotter has the buoys on it) helps to sort this out, keeping in mind that buoys may have been moved since the chart was created. Also, most of the time I have pre planned my route and uploaded it to the plotter so I have a route to follow, keeping in mind that what I actually see in front of me supersedes what the plotter indicates.
For me, I think the cheat card would be confusing because I would have to keep flipping it.