Wednesday, May 28, 2014

BTR #7

The BTR Series now comes to Section II of the Steering and Sailing Rules which covers Conduct of Vessels in Sight of One Another.

International:
Rule 11:  States that this section applies to vessels in sight of one another.  This is done for legal definition.
Rule 12:  Instructs how two sailing vessels should conduct themselves if risk of collision is involved in accordance with the wind direction.  This is somewhat complex if you are not a sailor so careful study is needed.
Rule 13:  Covers overtaking and has four (4) points to guide mariners.  Point (a) refers to the Rules of Part B, Sections I and II.

Inland:
Rule 11:  States the legal definition of this Section under Inland Rules.
Rule 12:  Is the same as for the International Rules.
Rule 13:   Covers overtaking and has four (4) points to guide mariners BUT point (a) refers to Rules 4 through 18 of the Inland Rules.   Be careful to understand the difference between the International and Inland Rules on this point.


Tip:

NAUTICAL LOG strongly recommends you take an approved Safe Boating Course.  These are given by the USCG Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadron.   State boating courses for several States can be found online. 

In addition to Unlimited Masters from five Nations to satisfy Flag State Maritime Laws NAUTICAL LOG has also completed the USCG Auxiliary Safe Boating Course and the Florida State Boating Safety Course for his small boat work.



Good Watch.

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