Northwest Maritime Consultants, LLC

Seattle 206-227-1833 Tacoma 253-370-6980

AiDs to Navigation



Private Aids to Navigation (PATON) are an important aspect of risk management for private entities whose operations involve navigable waterways.  

Private Aids to Navigation (PATON) are placed on shore or marine sites in order to assist mariners in safe navigation, marking limits of navigable channels or to warn of dangers or obstructions to navigation.


They can be shoreside beacons or day marks, simple “No Wake Zone” buoys or large lighted buoys, all requiring US Coast Guard approval and inspection. 

Our PATON service includes:



  • Design, planning, permitting and Installation
  • PATON sales, repair and refurbishment
  • Annual inspection, maintenance and compliance services
  • Solar powered lighting, incandescent and USCG approved LED systems
  • ·Fabrication and installation of specialty buoys
  • Design and installation of anchoring and mooring systems
  •  Fabrication and installation of mooring buoys
  •  24 hour emergency services



We have worked with port authorities, local municipalities, yacht clubs and private residences to provide proper (aids to navigation) marking of channels, docks, approaches, no wake areas, and obstructions. We have over 20 years of experience in working with the US Coast Guard and the PATON Program.



NMC is pleased to represent the Go Deep Aids to Navigation. Give us a call about your buoy and light needs.