Watch buoy

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Alternative term: Station buoy (USA)

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 IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)

United States of America

International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM