Thursday, October 24, 2013

"Red to the Right...

...when returning."

Visitors to Ocracoke (especially those who are not boaters) may wonder why the ferries keep the red buoys on the left (or port) side when leaving Hatteras, then keep them on the right (or starboard) side when approaching the basin at Ocracoke.

The saying "Red to the Right when Returning" applies. Red markers should be kept to the right "when returning from sea." Thus, as a vessel is approaching either Hatteras or Ocracoke "as if it were returning from the Atlantic Ocean" (regardless of where it actually came from), the red "nun buoys" should be on the right, and the green "can buoys" should be on the left.

Conversely, when a vessel is in the channel heading towards the ocean (even if it does not intend to pass through the inlet), red should be on the left, and green on the right.

Was I clear?

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a brief history of the Soundfront Inn, one of the oldest structures on the island. You can read it here:


  1. Debbie Leonard6:11 AM

    Yes you were!

  2. Anonymous11:55 AM

    Yes, but I can never remember which is which..

  3. debbie s.3:45 PM

    can't remember the difference between port and starboard?

    port has 4 letters (like left)

    starboard doesn't

    stupid, but that's how I learned LOL

  4. Anonymous4:25 PM

    seems pretty simple to me.