Day Signals or Day Shapes are used for communcation . There are five types of day shapes: Circle, Diamond, Cone Apex Pointed Up, Cone Apex Pointed Down, and a Cylinder. All day shapes are black in color. See the USCG Navigational Rules.
1) At Anchor - Single round ball
2) Aground - Three round balls in a vertical line.
3) Making way with sails up and motor on - Inverted cone ( only required for sailboats, 12 meters or larger ).
4) Dredging or making way with an obstruction on one side - Two green lights or two diamonds in a vertical line to indicate the side safe to pass. ( Diamonds are a sailors best friend - Thus, safe to pass. ) Two red lights or two circles in a vertical line to indicate the side which has the obstruction.
5) Vessel not under command - Two round balls in a straight line.
6) Vessel restrained by draft - A cylinder.
7) Vessel restricted in her maneuverability - Three shapes in a straight line. The top and the bottom are a ball and the middle is a diamond.
8) Vessel engaged in fishing - Two cones in a vertical line with their apexes pointed at the center