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Shannon River Boat Hire - Navigation Maps

Navigation markers along the Shannon River help boaters safely navigate its waters and avoid hazards. All markers and hazards are shown on the navigation maps provided on arrival, and on the navigation maps below - maps are courtesy of Waterways Ireland. Here are some common types of navigation markers you might encounter:

Buoys: Buoys are floating markers anchored to the riverbed. They come in various shapes, colors, and sizes, each with a specific meaning. Red buoys typically mark the port (left) side of the channel when traveling upstream, while green buoys mark the starboard (right) side. Special buoys may indicate hazards, restricted areas, or speed limits.

Daymarks: Daymarks are fixed navigational aids located along the riverbanks. They are typically tall, conspicuous structures painted with distinctive colors and patterns to provide visual guidance to boaters. Daymarks often indicate the edges of the navigation channel, bends in the river, or other important points of reference.

Lights: Navigation lights are installed on buoys, daymarks, bridges, and other structures to aid navigation, especially at night or during low visibility conditions. These lights may be colored and flashing according to international standards, helping boaters identify their location and direction of travel.

Range Markers: Range markers consist of two or more navigational aids placed in line with each other. By aligning these markers, boaters can ensure they are following a specific course through a channel or avoiding hazards. Range markers are particularly useful for navigating narrow or winding sections of the river.

Sound Signals: In addition to visual aids, sound signals may be used to warn boaters of hazards, signal the approach of other vessels, or indicate the presence of bridges and locks. These signals may include horns, bells, whistles, or sirens, each with its own distinctive pattern and meaning.

Charts and GPS: While navigation markers provide valuable guidance, it's also essential to consult navigational charts and use GPS or other electronic navigation devices to ensure accurate positioning and course plotting. These tools can help boaters navigate safely, especially in unfamiliar or challenging conditions.

When navigating the Shannon River, always pay close attention to navigation markers, follow any instructions or regulations provided, and maintain a safe speed and course to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey.

Shannon Navigation Maps

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Shannon-Erne Navigation Map
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FAQ

Do I need a licence? What's on my boat? Where can I moor? Everything you need to know about cruising on the Shannon River.

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Interactive Map

A clickable map of the Shannon River featuring all of the towns and cruising companies on the Shannon River

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Cruising Times

How long does it take to get from Banagher to Carrick? Our handy table shows cruising times to help you plan your cruise.

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Getting Here

How do I get to Ireland? How to I get to the marina where my boats is? Planes, trains & automobiles, we've got it covered.

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Suggested Cruises

Where to go, what to do... use these handy guides to help you plan your cruise on the Shannon River in Ireland.

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