As a boater, understanding the various navigation aids such as day beacons are among the things you need to learn before operating a boat. In this blog, we will discuss three important types of day beacons – starboard hand, port hand, and junction day beacons.
Beacons and buoys may look similar but the main difference between them is that beacons are fixed aids to navigation while buoys are floating devices. Beacons are typically used to mark specific points in the water, while buoys are used to mark the edges of channels or underwater hazards.
Both beacons and buoys are important navigational aids that help boaters safely navigate the waterways. The day beacons covered in this blog are navigational markers that provide important information to boaters about the waterway they are navigating.
Below, we will discuss three important types of day beacons – starboard hand, port hand, and junction day beacons. It’s important to understand the meaning of upstream and downstream while on a waterway so that you can correctly interpret boating buoys, beacons and avoid collisions.
Ranges are a series of navigational markers that boaters can use to maintain their position within a channel or waterway. Ranges consist of two or more day beacons that are aligned to provide a visual reference for boaters.
When boaters align the day beacons, they can determine if they are on course and maintain their position within the channel. Ranges are typically found in narrow channels or in areas with strong currents.
Day beacons are essential navigational markers that provide important information to boaters about the waterway they are navigating. Boaters should familiarize themselves with the different types of day beacons and understand their meaning and significance to ensure safe navigation.