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Buoyage 2

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Question 1
A member of your crew spots a red and white striped buoy in the distance similar to one of the following: What type of buoy is this likely to be?
A warning buoy indicating the location of a new wreck
A racing mark
A Preferred Channel Marker
A safe water mark
Question 1 Explanation: 
Red and White vertical stripes indicates a Safe Water Mark. For further detail see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safe_water_mark
Question 2
On entering an unfamiliar harbour you notice a buoy ahead of you.  This buoy is painted green but it had a red horizontal stripe around its middle.  In the absence of any other information which side of the buoy should you pass?
The buoy is a Port preferred channel mark. You should leave this buoy on your port side.
The buoy is a Starboard preferred channel mark. you should leave this buoy on your starboard side.
You should not approach this buoy. Keep well clear on both sides.
This is a channel marker buoy. You may leave this buoy on either side of your vessel.
Question 2 Explanation: 
The buoy described is a Port preferred channel mark. You may be able to pass to either side if there is sufficient water etc but in the absence of a good reason to do so you would be well advised to take the preferred channel.
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