Lateral Markers and Safe Water Aids

The lateral markers guide navigation on coastal waterways spanning more than one state.

The marking system includes:

✓ Lateral aids marking the sides of channels that boaters can see when entering from seaward. Portside markers are green with odd numbers, and starboardside markers are red with even numbers. They include red and green lighted buoys, red nun and green can buoys, and red and green daymarks.

✓ A green can buoy marks the left side of the channel when you're returning to port.

✓ A red nun buoy marks the right side of the channel when you're returning to port.

"Red, Right, Returning" is a saying to help you remember which side of a channel the red and green buoys are found. When you are returning from seaward to a port or harbor, the red buoys should be on your right side. This will ensure that you're in the middle of a designated shipping lane or channel.

✓ Safe-water aids mark mid-channels and fairways. These range markers are red and white, exhibit no numbers, but may be lettered. They include white-lighted buoys, spherical-unlighted buoys, and daymarks. Ships line up these markers to stay on course in mid-channel. In recent years, these markers have been equipped with radar reflectors so that large ships can navigate at night

✓ A red-striped spherical buoy marks the center of the channel.

Lateral Markers and Safe Water Aids

LATERAL MARKERS

SAFE WATER AIDS

Port Side Odd Numbers

Starboard Side Even Numbers g

Lighted Buoy (green light only)

FI G 4sec Fl R 4sec

FI G 4sec Fl R 4sec

Lighted Buoy (red light only)

Lighted Buoy (green light only)

Lighted Buoy (red light only)

or or

Can Buoy Nun Buoy

(unlighted) (unlighted)

Daymark

Daymark

(No Numbers, May be Lettered)

Lighted (white light)

Marks the Center of the Channel

Spherical Buoy (unlighted)

Daymark

REMEMBER

Consider tides and tidal currents when docking or mooring your boat, when traveling through inlets or narrow channels, and when under way.

TAKE NOTE

The local knowledge you get at a marina or bait shop can make your boating trip safer.

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