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WHERE IS IT LEGAL TO TIE UP YOUR BOAT WHEN IT’S NOT DOCKED?
Where is it legal to tie up your boat so your passengers can swim?
This question is a little bit different and has a different set of multiple-choice questions if you are taking part in an exam or test. Here’s the correct answer again.
The options are to a nun buoy, to a can buoy, to a regulatory buoy, or to a mooring buoy. The correct answer to these options would be to a mooring buoy.
It is illegal to tie your boat up to any of the other options.
What do all these buoys and markers mean?
Whilst you might not have the right answer to the question on “where is it legal to tie up your boat”, you should really have a deeper understanding on what all the different types of markers and buoys in the question mean.
Here are some very simple overviews on each type to help expand your knowledge.
The weight is attached with loops and chains and works just like an anchor to keep the buoy in place, whilst it floats on top of the water. Being chained to weights, keeping the buoy in place, lets boats securely moor to them.
You will find them uses in areas where boats are allowed to anchor down, such as marinas, docks, and in the sea in dedicated areas.
They are the only type of buoy to which you are allowed to tie your boat up to legally.
A lighted buoy works in very much the same way in terms of how it is secured in place. However, it is designed to be a navigation aid with a light on it.
Because of that, you are not allowed to tie your boat up to a lighted buoy as you could be obscuring a marked visible point, leading to danger to other boats and vessels.
Safe water marker
Safe water markers have different color patterns, being white with red stripes going in a downwards vertical line.
Sometimes also known as Fairway buoys, they indicate the end of a channel, so boaters know that open, deep, and safe waters lay ahead.
They mark mid-channels or fairways and may be passed on either side.
Non-lateral markers are another navigational aid but give boaters more information than simply where the best place to navigate your vessel should be.
For example, they will contain graphics and text offering information on important aspects you need to know.
This can include where to find supplies and repairs or can give you directions or other useful information.
Some will tell you to keep out, some will tell you your boat is approaching a controlled area, and others will simply offer warnings for rocks or obstructions.