What do lateral markers indicate?

Lateral Markers: Colors, Numbers, and Shapes. Lateral markers are buoys and other markers that indicate the edges of safe water areas. Green colors, green lights, and odd numbers mark the edge of a channel on your port (left) side as you enter from open sea or head upstream.
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What is indicated by a white marker with an orange circle and black lettering?

Boats Keep Out: A white buoy or sign with an orange diamond and cross means that boats must keep out of the area. Black lettering on the buoy or sign gives the reason for the restriction, for example, SWIM AREA. Danger: A white buoy or sign with an orange diamond warns boaters of danger – rocks, dams, rapids, etc.
  • What is the cause of the most boating accidents?

    In recent years, the most common causes of boating accidents in Florida have included (in order of frequency): operator inexperience, lack of proper look-out, operator inattention, excessive speed, machinery failure, careless/reckless behavior and hull failure, followed by hazardous waters, alcohol use, and a number of
  • What color is a marker that indicates safe water on all sides?

    Safe Water Marker: These are white with red vertical stripes and indicate unobstructed water on all sides. They mark mid-channels or fairways and may be passed on either side. Inland Waters Obstruction Marker: These are white with black vertical stripes and indicate an obstruction to navigation.
  • What color is a safe water marker?

    Safe Water Markers are white with red vertical stripes and mark mid-channels or fairways. They may be passed on either side. Inland Waters Obstruction Markers are white with black vertical stripes and indicate an obstruction to navigation. You should not pass between these buoys and the nearest shore.
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Which symbol on a regular marker is used to mark a swimming area?

Which symbol on a regulatory marker is used to mark a swimming area? Regulatory markers are white and use orange markings and black lettering. Exclusion area markers (with crossed diamonds) indicate areas off-limits to all boats such as swimming areas, dams, and spillways.
  • Which side of the boat has a green light at night?

    Sidelights: These red and green lights are called sidelights (or combination lights) because they are visible to another vessel approaching from the side or head-on. The red light indicates a vessel's port (left) side; the green indicates a vessel's starboard (right) side.
  • How are regulatory and informational markers identified?

    Regulatory or informational markers are used to advise you of situations, dangers, or directions. They may indicate shoals, swim areas, speed zones, etc. They can be easily identified by the orange bands on the top and bottom of each buoy.
  • What is the cause of the most boating accidents?

    In recent years, the most common causes of boating accidents in Florida have included (in order of frequency): operator inexperience, lack of proper look-out, operator inattention, excessive speed, machinery failure, careless/reckless behavior and hull failure, followed by hazardous waters, alcohol use, and a number of
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What do the red and green channel markers mean?

Some buoys are also lighted for identification at night. "Red, Right, Returning" tells you to leave the red markers to your right, or starboard, when returning from sea. The green markers are then left on your port side and between is the channel.
  • What does the orange circle non lateral marker indicate?

    Non-lateral markers are navigational aids that give information other than the edges of safe water areas. The most common are regulatory markers which are white and use orange markings and black lettering. These markers are found on lakes and rivers.
  • Which symbol on a regular marker is used to mark a swimming area?

    Which symbol on a regulatory marker is used to mark a swimming area? Regulatory markers are white and use orange markings and black lettering. Exclusion area markers (with crossed diamonds) indicate areas off-limits to all boats such as swimming areas, dams, and spillways.
  • What side of the buoys do you go on?

    By memorizing these simple words, boaters can navigate more safely and stay in the channel. If the red buoys are on the right/starboard side of the boat, then the green buoys should be on the left/port side of the boat when heading upstream. The opposite is true when traveling downstream.

Updated: 16th October 2019

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