What is true about red buoys under the US Aids to Navigation System?
A good rule of thumb is 1/8″ of rope diameter for every 9 feet of boat length. In other words, if you have a 26-foot boat, you need 3/8″ line, but you should buy 1/2″ rope for a 28-footer.
For most docking and anchor lines, standard nylon is a good choice. It has great strength, “gives” under load to absorb energy, and is relatively inexpensive. It’s also easy to handle and resists the harmful effects of sunlight better than other synthetics. It’s the rope of choice for anchoring rode.
What is the best anchor line?
starboard hand day beacon
A starboard hand day beacon, which has a red triangle centred on a white background with a red reflective border, marks the starboard hand side of the channel or a danger and must be kept on the starboard side when proceeding upstream. If numbered, the number will be even and of a reflective material.
State buoys do use the color red for starboard side marks, but they are cans, and not nuns, while port buoys are black and can-shaped. Numbers on buoys go up as you head upstream, or towards the head of navigation. Starboard side buoys are red. Starboard side buoys are numbered with even numbers.