BUOYAGE...WHAT THEY MEAN AND WHAT THEY MARK
The buoys shown below are the most common types you will come across on the Solent and surrounding waters. If at any time you are unsure of what a buoy indicates keep well clear and find out from one of the Watersport patrol team or MCA Coatguard at Lee on Solent.
Cardinal marks are based on the points of a compass. They indicate to water users that there is a danger (rocks, sandbar, shipwreck etc) and which way to navigate safely round it.
For example, the North cardinal marker indicates, "There is danger south of me, stay on my north side!"
Cardinal marks are recognizable by the 2 black cones at the top and are coloured black and yellow.
Lateral buoys indicate port (left hand side) and starboard (right hand side). The port marker is coloured red, and the starboard marker is green. They mark safe passage into harbours and on the Solent also mark the commercial shipping channels.
The yellow buoys to the left and right of the slipway at Lee are permanent and indicate SWIMMING AREA, STAY OUT!
Even through the winter months speed is restricted to 10 knots within 800m of shore.
Down Flags & Buoys
As a boat operator you should:
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