Boating Rules to be Aware of

There are guidelines that apply to boats on the water, similar to vehicles on the road. It’s important to learn these guidelines to avoid accident and maintain your safety and the safety of others on the water. This sea yarn is a fun and easy way to help you remember the rules of the road at sea.

Guidelines to keep in mind when two vessels satisfy

– When two power vessels are approaching head on, both vessels should change course to starboard to pass port-side to port-side.
– When two power-driven vessels remain in crossing circumstance on a collision course, give way to the vessel to starboard (right). The pave the way vessel must take early and apparent action to avoid a collision by either stopping or modifying course to starboard.
– If the give way vessel has another power-driven vessel from the Port (left) which does not take obvious action to pave the way, or change course to starboard, then the Skipper of give-way (base on) vessel needs to take incredibly elusive action by either stopping, or once again, modifying course to starboard.
– Every vessel (power or sail) that is surpassing must keep well clear of the over taking vessel. You are overtaking if you are approaching another vessel anywhere in a 135 degree sector at its stern.

Channels and harbours

– All vessels need to keep to the starboard (right) side of any channel.
– Inside a harbour (generally shown on the pilotage limit on the chart) you should keep out of the method of any ship over 500 loads. (which is about 50 metres in length).
– Do not create a wake which triggers unneeded threat to other vessels or individuals.
– You must not anchor in a channel.
– All little craft need to stay out of the way of larger vessels which are limited by their draft to preserve passage and steering within the channel.

When power satisfies power.

– You should give way to another vessel on your starboard. (right).
– If you satisfy head on, both vessels must turn to starboard. (right).

When power satisfies sail.

– Power paves the way to sail unless the sailing vessel is surpassing.
– Cruising vessels ought to prevent sailing in a narrow channel. They have to give way to power-driven vessels restricted in their ability to manouvre in the channel.

When sail meets sail.

– The vessel which has the wind on its starboard (right) side has the access. The vessel which has the wind on its port (left) side must give way.
– When both boats have the wind on the very same side the windward (upwind) boat has to give way.