BOATsmart! USA Knowledge Base

Module 05 - Navigating the Waterways

Collision Avoidance Rules: Powerboats - 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. 

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