# How does red right return work?

## How does red right return work?

The expression “red right returning” has long been used by seafarers as a reminder that the red buoys are kept to the starboard (right) side when proceeding from the open sea into port (upstream). Red buoys are always even numbered, and green buoys are odd numbered.

### What is the opposite of red right return?

By memorizing these simple words, boaters can navigate more safely and stay in the channel. If the red buoys are on the right/starboard side of the boat, then the green buoys should be on the left/port side of the boat when heading upstream. The opposite is true when traveling downstream.

#### What side of the channel markers do you stay on?

Keep this marker on your right (starboard) side when proceeding in the upstream (returning from sea) direction. Even numbers will be displayed and will increase as you head upstream.

What do you do when you see a red buoy?

Port Hand and Starboard Hand Buoys Red buoys must be kept on the right side of a craft when proceeding in the upstream direction. A simple rule is red to the right when returning, or the three “R’s”: red, right, return. In many places, the direction of the current is determined by consensus or by the tide.

Why is port red and starboard green?

The red light indicates a vessel’s port (left) side; the green indicates a vessel’s starboard (right) side.

## What does a red cone-shaped buoy mark?

Nun Buoys: These cone-shaped buoys are always marked with red markings and even numbers. They mark the edge of the channel on your starboard (right) side when entering from the open sea or heading upstream. They mark the edge of the channel on your port (left) side when entering from the open sea or heading upstream.

### What is the area between a red and green buoy called?

Lateral markers are buoys and other markers that indicate the edges of safe water areas. Red and green colors or lights are placed where a channel splits in two. If green is on top, keep the buoy on your left to continue along the preferred channel.

#### What is the most important passing rule?

In general, motorists should only entertain passing if they are traveling at least 10 mph faster than the car they wish to pass. Even then, waiting for a safe opportunity is essential. Remember that most situations require passing on the left-hand side of the vehicle in front.

Who has the right away in boating?

The vessel that has the opposing boat coming up on its starboard side is called the give-way vessel. The boat coming in from the starboard side is called the stand-on vessel. The stand-on vessel has the right of way, and it is up to the give-way vessel to maneuver in a way that will avoid a collision.

What does the red and green light mean on a boat?

The red light indicates a vessel’s port (left) side; the green indicates a vessel’s starboard (right) side. Sternlight: This white light is seen only from behind or nearly behind the vessel.

## When boating at night what does a single white light mean?

Powerboat A: When only a white light is visible, you may be overtaking another vessel. Give way to either side. Powerboat A: When white, red and green lights are visible, you are approaching a powerboat head-on.