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Navigation Rules A vessel shall be deemed to be overtaking when coming up to another vessel from a direction more than 22.5 degrees abaft her beam, that is, in such as position with reference to the vessel she is overtaking, that at night she would be able to see only the stern light of that vessel, but neither of her sidelights. In such case, the rights and privileges all rest with the leading vessel. The overtaking vessel has no rights whatsoever. In all instances an overtaking vessel must keep clear of an overtaken vessel.

Audible Signals When two vessels are approaching each other head on or nearly so, each operator shall swing the bow of his motorboat to the starboard to pass. Each operator shall give one short blast of the whistle and, in addition, indicate his course by swinging the bow of his motorboat substanially to starboard
Unnecessary sounding of whistles, horns, bells or other sound-producing devices is prohibited.

Maneuvering and Warning Signals

  • Overtaking on the starboard side (right): 1 short blast (about one second)
  • Overtaking on the portside (left): 2 short blasts
  • Backing up: 3 short blasts
  • Danger: 5 or more short blasts

Channel Buoys

bouy1......... bouy1

Always pass between green and its companion red buoy. Keep red buoys to right and green to left while cruising upstream. The reverse is necessary going Red downstream.

Uniform State Waterway Markings

bouy1 ORANGE AND WHITE DIAMOND SHAPE
warns of "DANGER"

bouy1 ORANGE AND WHITE DIAMOND SHAPE WITH CROSS
means "BOATS KEEP OUT"

bouy1 ORANGE AND WHITE CIRCLE
marks CONTROLLED AREA (as indicated within circle)

bouy1 ORANGE AND WHITE SQUARE or RECTANGLE
gives information, names, distances, permitted activities.

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