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Home > Take Me Fishing Blog > August 2019 > Where is it Legal to Tie Up Your Boat When It's Not Docked?
If you're new to boating, you might be wondering where is it legal to tie up your boat when it's not at the dock? The answer to this question is a mooring buoy. Mooring buoys float on the water and are attached to the bottom using chains, these are the only buoys you can legally tie up to.
What color is a mooring buoy and how do you identify one from other types of buoys? Mooring buoys are white with a blue horizontal band. They usually are placed in or near marinas and other areas where boats are allowed to anchor. Mooring buoys are where to tie up a boat when you're not at the dock.
Follow these steps when tying your boat up to a mooring buoy:
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Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.
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