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BTR #4.

Rule 8 is the Steering and Sailing Rule that tells boat operators how to avoid collision with another vessel.  Using your copy of the NAVIGATION RULES you should study them carefully and become fully familiar with the actions to take.

International:
Rule 8:  States that any action taken to avoid collision must be taken in accordance with these Rules.  Therefore you must read, know, understand and follow these Rules to avoid a collision.  There are six (6) points that will instruct you as what action to take when meeting other vessels.

Inland:
Rule 8:  States exactly the same instructions as to what action to take to avoid collision.


Tips:

There are quite a few things to remember to bring to and check in the boat before setting off.  It is a good idea to prepare a checklist, seal it in plastic, keep one at home and another handy aboard so that you do not forget anything. 

The person who is operating the boat has the responsibility to instruct those who will be on board so show them the "man-overboard" procedure and how to operate a fire extinguisher.  If you are taking a turn in running the boat - the formal term is standing a Watch - you will be responsible for several things these are;
  • Safe navigation of the boat
  • Safe and efficient handling of the boat at all times
  • Giving assistance to those in danger if it is safely possible to do so
  • Keeping the boat tidy, no loose lines and fenders inboard once away from the berth

Good Watch.

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