East Cardinal

Characteristics:-

  • Two Arrows pointing both up and down.
  • Black upper and lower section - yellow central section.
  • 3 very quick flashes every 5 seconds VQ(3) 5s or 3 quick flashes every 10 seconds.  Q(3) 10s 

Image Courtesy of Mendez Marine.

By Day.

By Night.

 

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Cardinal Buoys can be either Quick Flashing or Very Quick Flashing so that they can be distinguished when used in multiples - perhaps protecting a long sand bank for example.

Colour described on charts as:-
BYB- for Black over Yellow over Black.

Memory Aids:-

  • The two arrows point in the opposite direction to the West Cardinal buoy.
  • The arrows always point to the black sections - in this case the upper and lower sections
  • East is at “Three o’clock” on the Compass - so three flashes.

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