A floating and moored object intended as an aid to navigation or to be used for mooring vessels. It may carry additional aids to navigation.
Note: 1 The terms light buoy and lighted buoy refer to a buoy that is fitted with a signal light.
Note: 2 The terms unlighted buoy and blind buoy refer to a buoy that has no signal light.
Note: 3 A buoy used for mooring a vessel is called a mooring buoy. The French term is coffre d'amarrage.
Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)
International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM