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Lateral Buoys

Port and Starboard Hand Buoys

Port hand buoy

A "port hand buoy" is green and displays identification letter(s) and odd number(s).

It marks the port (left) side of a channel or the location of a danger when proceeding upstream.

If it carries a topmark, the topmark is a green cylinder.

If the buoy carries a light, the light is a green flashing (Fl) 4s or a quick flashing (Q) 1s.

If the buoy does not carry a light it has a flat top.

 

 

Starboard hand buoy

A "starboard hand buoy" is red and displays identification letter(s) and even number(s).

It marks the starboard (right) side of a channel or the location of a danger when proceeding upstream.

If it carries a topmark, the topmark is a single red cone, point upward.

If the buoy carries a light, the light is a red flashing (Fl) 4s or a quick flashing (Q) 1s.

If the buoy does not carry a light it has a pointed top.

 

 

Port (green can)

Port (green pillar)

Port (green spar)

Keep this buoy on your port (left) side when proceeding in the upstream direction.

Bifurcation (red and green bands)

You may pass this buoy on either side when proceeding in the upstream direction, but the main or preferred channel is indicated by the colour of the topmost band. For example: Keep this buoy on your starboard (right) side.

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Starboard (red spar)

Starboard (red conical)

Starboard (red pillar)

Keep this buoy on  your starboard (right) side when proceeding in the upstream direction.

Remember the three "R"s as a memory aid for this rule.
"Red, Right, Returning".

 

Fairway Buoy

This buoy indicates safe water, used to mark landfalls, channel entrances or channel centers. It may be passed on either side but should be kept to the port (left) side when proceeding in either direction. wpe38.jpg (6729 bytes)

Isolated Danger Buoy

An isolated Danger Buoy is moored on, or above, an isolated danger which has navigable water all around it. Consult the chart for information concerning the danger, (dimensions, depth, etc.) May be used to mark natural dangers such as small shoals or obstructions such as wrecks. wpe39.jpg (6505 bytes)

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