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In this the first of the series we shall look at the Steering and Sailing Rules which instruct vessels in sight of each other how to conduct themselves.  You should now open your copy of the NAVIGATION RULES COMTINST,  read and understand the actual wording. 

 
International:
Rule 4:  States that these Rules always apply.
Rule 5:  States that you must always keep a proper look-out.

Inland:
Rule 4:  States that these Rules always apply.
Rule 5:  States that you must always keep a proper look-out.

So there is the message for all boating in all waters follow the Rules and keep fully alert to what is happening around you.

Tips:

If you are the boat operator ALWAYS wear your lifejacket as there will not be time for you to put it on and look after other persons in the boat if something does go wrong.  Of course all children should have their jackets in CHILD size and be wearing them. 

NAUTICAL LOG has been boating for 60 years and on arriving at the launching site parking lot puts his lifejacket on.  Yes there is usually some smart guy who makes a remark and he is often the same guy who later in the day goes aground, runs out of fuel or smacks into another boat.  Never a weekend seems to go by without some such "wiseguy" getting into trouble!!

Another useful tip is always get a Vessel Safety Check sticker know what it is about and ask the Examiner's advice about the locale.  So until next time,

Good Watch.

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