Fast and Furious
Whether it’s in a power boat at full speed or a sailboat with a fast following wind in you sails, nothing is more exhilarating that being on a boat at full speed, and a whole ocean or lake for your own. But it’s doubtful you are really alone, since you’ll see not only other boats, but signs and buoys stating the legal speed limits and potential hazards.
In the Coast Guard Navigation Rules: Part B, Steering and Sailing Rules, Section 1 of, Rule 6 states that “Every vessel shall at all times proceed at a safe speed so that she can take proper and effective action to avoid collision and be stopped within a distance appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and condition.”
Meaning: slowdown in inclement weather and/or when other boats are present. Also maintaining a proper lookout is necessary for operating your vessel at any speed. Take into account all visibility factors such as time of day, fog, wave action and size. Management of your boat will affect stopping distance and turning ability and is influenced by the prevailing conditions.
The size and type of boat is also a factor. Larger, more cumbersome boats, will take more time and space to stop and it will be more difficult to turn to avoid a collision.
The condition of your boat is a factor even when it is docked. Make sure your boat is in top condition by using quality Canvas Coverings to protect your boat from insects and the elements.