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Module 05 - Navigating the Waterways

Determining Right-of-Way & Collision Avoidance Rules

 To determine the right-of-way, you must first understand right-of-way terminology.

Stand-on craft:
Boats with the right-of-way are called the ‘stand-on craft’. Stand-on craft are able to maintain their speed and direction when they approach other boats.
Give-way craft:
Boats that do not have the right-of-way are called the 'give-way craft'. Give-way craft must take early and substantial action to steer clear of stand-on craft, and they must alter their speed and direction to avoid a collision.

Collision Avoidance Rules

Head on Approach:

When power-driven boats approach each other head-on, neither boat has the right-of-way. Both operators (A and B) must take early and substantial action to steer clear of each other and steer to starboard (to the right) as soon as possible in order to avoid a collision. 

Overtaking:

If you are overtaking another power-driven boat (B) from the stern (from behind), you are the give-way craft (A) and do not have the right-of-way. You must take early and substantial action to keep well clear of the other boat by altering your speed and direction. You should pass at a safe distance to the port (left) or starboard (right) sector of the other boat. However, if a safe route exists, you should always attempt to pass the boat on the starboard side.  

 

Port (Left) Approach:

If a power-driven boat (B) is approaching from your port (left) sector, you are the stand-on craft (A) and have the right-of-way. You should maintain your speed and direction and be ready to take evasive action. The approaching boat (B) must take early and substantial action to avoid your boat by reducing its speed and changing direction.

Starboard (Right) Approach:

If a power-driven boat (B) is approaching from your starboard (right) sector, you are the give-way craft and do not have the right-of-way. You must take early and substantial action to keep well clear of the other boat by altering your speed and direction.

 

 

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