Besides providing navigational directions and information to boaters, buoys and markers identify dangerous or restricted areas. In the USA, you’ll encounter two types of marking systems: regulatory markers and lateral markers.
Regulatory Buoys & Markers that tell boaters how to behave and are enforced by law. Lateral markers are special channel buoys that indicate “safe” water areas by defining the lateral systems of navigation for inland waterways.
Regulatory Buoy Details
Designed for use in all areas — high traffic, problem areas, channels, and areas subject to vandalism)
Equipped with Standard 1/2” (1.27cm) diameter 316 Stainless Steel mooring eye
All markings are solid vinyl with a 5-year factory no-fade warranty. No silk-screening.
Seamless, capless design rotationally molded from UV stabilized, chemically resistant, ultra strong, high-density polyethylene resin. No ABS and no caps.
No cracking, chipping, or peeling
Impervious to chemicals, fuels, and solvents
Recessed eye — with access channels for fast easy connection
Stands flat — for efficient storage and handling
Completely foam filled — with urethane foam that meets or exceeds the United States Coast Guard requirements
3” (7.62cm) reflective band — in your choice of silver or orange
Standard symbols and messages
Self-righting without tackle
Reflective symbols and bands: available in both standard and high intensity
Owner or agency identification and/or permit numbers – vinyl lettering