If you've been out on Lake Nipissing over the past week, you may have noticed an odd-looking boat doing something unusual.
It's actually a company called Thomas Young Builders and workers are busy changing out five different navigation aids including LaVase, Keystone in the French River, and a few shoals like Gull Rock and the Three sisters near Heyworth's Island just north of the LaVase. A couple of couple concrete piers are also being added.
Aids to Navigation, or buoys, are devices or systems which are provided to assist boaters in determining position and course, to warn of dangers or obstructions or to advise the best or preferred route. The shape and colour of a buoy and the colour and flash character of the light on the buoy indicate its function.
Owner Thomas Young tells BayToday the company has been working for the Coast Guard since 2009 replacing navigation aids like buoys around the Great Lakes area.