A sea lion on navigational buoy #14 in San Diego Harbor.
A sea lion on navigational buoy #14 in San Diego Harbor.
Green can #11 near the mouth of the Saugatuck River.
Green Can #11 on a nautical chart
NOAA Weather buoy

A buoy (/bɔɪ/, /ˈbi/)[1] is a floating device that can have many purposes. It can be anchored (stationary) or allowed to drift with ocean currents.


Navigational buoys

Marker buoys

Buoys are often used to mark the position of an underwater object. They may be temporary or permanent.


Several types of marker buoy may be used by divers.





Specific forms


Other uses


See also


  1. ^ buoy in the American Heritage Dictionary
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-02. Retrieved 2014-05-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Large Navigational Buoys (LNB)". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved Jul 6, 2015.
  4. ^ a b National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2013). US Chart No. 1. Silver Spring: NOAA. p. 89.
  5. ^ Cobb, John N., "The Lobster Fishery of Maine", Bulletin of the United States Fish Commission, Vol. 19, Pages 241–265, 1899; from Project Gutenberg
  6. ^ Taft, Hank; Taft, Jan, A Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast and the Maine Coast Guides for Small Boats, Peaks Island, Maine : Diamond Pass Publishing, 5th Edition, 2009. Cf. Chapter: "BUOY, OH BUOY" Archived 2008-11-18 at the Wayback Machine, and Chapter: "Fisherman, Lobsterboats, and Working Harbors" Archived 2012-03-20 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Davies, D (1998). "Diver location devices". Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society. 28 (3). Archived from the original on 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
  8. ^ [METOCEAN. (2008). METOCEAN SLDMB: Operating & Maintenance Manual (Version 3.0 ed.) Retrieved from http://www.metocean.com.
  9. ^ [Bang, I., Mooers, C. N. K., Haus, B., Turner, C., Lewandowski, M. (2007). Technical Report: Surface Drifter Advection and Dispersion in the Florida Current Between Key West and Jacksonville, Florida. Technical Report.].
  10. ^ Kery, SM (1989). "Diving in support of buoy engineering: The RTEAM project". In: Lang, MA; Jaap, WC (ed). Diving for Science…1989. Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences annual scientific diving symposium 28 September – 1 October 1989 Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
  11. ^ IALA (2008). "International Dictionary of Marine Aids to Navigation – ODAS buoy". Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Pranks: Some old, some new". USS RICH. USS RICH Association.
  13. ^ "buoy". Oxford English Dictionary. Vol II (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. 1989. p. 661. |volume= has extra text (help) verb, sense 3.
  14. ^ Buoy System Harnesses Wave Energy - ABC News
  15. ^ George Stephen, Company Founder and Inventor of the Weber Kettle Grill Archived June 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article "Buoy".