Boating Safety Is For Life

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Boating Safety And Accident News

Collisions:  One of the first rules of safe boating is to keep a good lookout. Another is to avoid obstructing a channel, but the main point of the navigation rules is to prevent and avoid collisions. At one time they were even called The Collision Regulations. 

Always maintain a lookout: If you are not alone assign someone to be the lookout and tell you about other vessels around you, especially on crossing courses or coming from the rear.

Maintain a safe speed: Keep the speed down when around other vessels and especially in limited visibility, at night, fog, rain. Do not speed through congested areas such as marinas, narrow channels, regattas, and docks.

Makes course changes early and obvious:  If you are approaching another vessel and need to change course to avoid them, do it early, and make it a big enough change that it is obvious to the other skipper what you are doing.

If encountering large or slow vessels that can operate only in the channel, stay away from them. Do not impede their safe passage.  And don't insists you have the right away in your sailboat over a vessel that cannot move out of the channel and would take a mile to stop. You don't have the right of way. Read the rules. Sailboats do not always have the right of way.  And Small powerboats should stay well clear of large vessels.

On Personal Watercraft keep looking around you. This is doubly important on a PWC. They are fast and quick. Things can happen very fast and collisions are the number one accident on PWCs.  So keep a 360 degree lookout a slow down around other vessels. If running together with another PWC, know where the other one is at all times.

Know the navigation rules: study them and practice them.

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