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- n. any of several codes of practice under which buoys of various shapes and colours are used for the same navigational purpose
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Buoys, taken collectively; a series of buoys, as for the guidance of vessels into or out of port; the providing of buoys.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A series of buoys or floating beacons, for the guidance of vessels into or out of port, etc.
- n. The providing of buoys.
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Both are used in conjunction with a conventional direction of buoyage.
In the Great Lakes, the conventional direction of buoyage is generally considered westerly and northerly, except on Lake Michigan, where southerly movement is considered as returning from the sea.
That is, if the topmost band is red, leave it on the right, if green, leave it on the left when proceeding in the conventional direction of buoyage.
These general principles are not always sufficient to enable boaters to know the direction of buoyage in a particular area.
When returning from seaward (proceeding in the conventional direction of buoyage) keep red buoys or daymarks on your starboard (right) side as you pass them and green buoys on your port (left) side.
In 1882 a conference was held upon a proposal to establish a uniform system of buoyage.
The committee proposed the following uniform system of buoyage, and it is now adopted by the general lighthouse authorities of the United Kingdom: --
An international uniform system of buoyage, although desirable, appears impracticable.
Instead, the government is to equip Great Round Shoal channel with the necessary buoyage and beacon aids to navigation.
Identification and the meaning of the colours and shapes in the lateral buoyage system.