Watch buoy

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Alternative term: Station buoy (USAUnited States of America)

A buoy established in the vicinity of an aid to navigation such as a light vessel or Lanby, as a reference point in case the aid should drift off station.

Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALAInternational Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM Dictionary edition (1970-1989)