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Public-images-osm logo.svg route = motorboat
Signed motorboat route Edit or translate this description.
Group: Route
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: in use

Signed route for motorboat=*. These are recreational routes, like signed canoeing, hiking or cycling routes; not to be confused by a fairway marked with bouys.

How to map?

Motorboat routes are mapped in relations relation of type type=route.

The following characteristics could be included:

  • type=route mandatory
  • route=motorboat mandatory
  • network=* optional
    • network=rmn - Regional Motorboat Network (junction network)
    • network=lmn - Local Motorboat Network (individual routes)
  • name=* - Name
  • ref=* - Short identifier for route (max 5 characters)
  • operator=* - Operator
  • distance=* - Distance in km
  • roundtrip=yes - Circular route
  • description=* - Description of the route
  • colour=* - Colour of path symbols, especially when these are distinctive for the route
  • symbol=* - Human readable description of the path symbols
  • osmc:symbol=* - Machine readable description of the path symbols (used by the maps listed below)
  • wiki:symbol=* - filename of symbol in the OSM wiki

Junction network

A junction network consists of numbered junctions of which the numbers are signposted on the routes in between. For more explanation about this method of mapping, see Cycle_routes#Tagging_Cycle_Route_Networks.

The junction number is tagged using the tag rmn_ref=* on a node node. This junction is mapped at the actual intersection where the routes meet, not on a signpost next to the road.

The routes in between the junctions are mapped as relations relation of type type=route. All ways in the route are added to the relation, preferably from the lower to the higher junction number. The following tags could be included:

All junctions and route relations in a network can be added to a network relation. This is a relation relation of type type=network. The following tags could be included:

Different motorboat types

Some operators of motorboat routes separate routes between different types of motorboats, for example open boats and cabin boats. An example is shown in Example 2 with brown routes for cabin boats and blue routes for open boats.

In all known cases the distinction is quite arbitrary as one type of motorboats is also allowed on the routes of the other type. Besides the routes overlap: all junctions are at the same location. Hence it is chosen to combine both routes into one route=motorboat relation. Secondary tags like colour=*, symbol=* and comment=* can be used to describe the exact situation.

Overlap with canoe routes

In some networks motorboat routes overlap with canoe routes. They may share network junctions or entire routes. An example is shown in Example 2 with brown and blue routes for motorboats and green routes for canoes.

As these networks are exceptions and canoe=* and motorboat=* are viewed as different modes of transports in Openstreetmap, is has been decided to use different route relations for canoes and motorboats. Secondary tags like colour=*, symbol=* and comment=* can be used on both relations to describe the exact situation.

A disadvantage of this method is the situation in which two relations with the same tag note=* and the same route can be seen in the editors. This is an easy way to make mistakes. For a clear distinction the text 'motorboat' can be added to the note-tag, separated from the actual note-tag by a semicolon separator, like note=10-11; motorboat.


Picture Tagging

On the node node of the actual junction of the routes:

On the relation relation containing the ways way to junction 55

Rnm ref and rpn ref in Boonervliet.JPG

On the node node of the actual junction of the routes:

On the relation relation containing the ways way to junction 3

The canoe routes (green) are mapped separately, using route=canoe and rpn_ref=*.


route=motorboat is not rendered by the default map layers on Openstreetmap.org. Maps that render the tags include: