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BTR #8

As the Series continues on with Section II of the Steering and Sailing Rules we now come to what most of us are involved with that is power-driven vessels.  The International and Inland Rules differ here so be careful when learning them.

International:
Rule 14:  Addresses the "head-on situation" when two power-driven vessels meet.  There are three (3) points that guide you in the correct procedure to follow.
Rule 15:  Addresses the "crossing situation" when two power-driven vessels meet.

Inland:
Rule 14:  The "head-on situation" has four (4) points to guide boat operators.  Point (d) addresses the upbound and downbound vessels and who has the "right-of-passage".
Rule 15:  The "crossing situation" has two points to guide the boat operator and point (d) addresses "ascending and descending" vessels on the river.  (Guess they got bored using upbound and downbound!!)


Tip:

We have several more of the Steering and Sailing Rules to cover so this is a good time to revise all you have learned so far.  Remember the Inland Rules only apply in United States Waters.

The easiest way to understand these Rules is to see illustrations of the vessels interacting in the situations.  If you go online and look at the State boating courses you will see clear illustrations showing vessels correctly following these Rules while underway.

Do not hesitate to e-mail me at dpeterboucher@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Good Watch.

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