Boating Right-Of-Way

boat cover, canvas, custom cover, Annapolis MDMore boaters mean more boats, and boating is both a pastime, as well as a vocation for many. But the laws and regulations for sailing a boat aren’t always the same as driving an automobile. You’re rarely alone on the water, so knowing, and following boating rules and regulations is important, and like most rules, they are just common sense.

There aren’t any signs or traffic lights to guide you on the water, so the laws of boating “right of way” are important, especially for power boats. Sailboats don’t have many options; they’re at the mercy of the wind, and in more enclosed sailing areas like lakes and near shore areas, power boaters need to be especially aware of the boating right of away.

In boating terminology, your boat is either on a stand-on course, meaning you have the right-of-way, or you give way to another vessel and let it pass first. Which action you need to take depends on what you and the other vessel are doing.

Boats under sail power only are always the stand-on vessel in crossing and meeting situations. Any commercial vessel that is restricted by their draft or by gear such as nets or trawls has the right-of-way over all recreational vessels, including sailboats.

Passing and overcoming vessels basically means the vessel to be passed is the stand-on vessel and it can deny passage for any other reason — or no reason at all. Two short horn blasts requests passage, and two short blasts in response means “OK”.

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