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BTR #10.

As the BTR Series continues with the Steering and Sailing Rules we come to Rule 18 which addresses the Responsibilities Between Vessels.  This Rule instructs a vessel underway normally how to react when it meets a vessel that is not underway normally.

Rule 18:  Except where Rules 9, 10, and 13 apply there are six (6) points which instruct the give-way vessel. 
Point (a) has four (4) sub-parts which describe the type of other vessel. 
Point (b) has three (3) sub-parts which deal with a sailing vessel (that is a vessel under sail only) meeting with certain other vessels. 
Point (c) has two (2) sub-parts and deals with fishing vessels meeting certain other vessels. 
Point (d) has two (2) sub-parts instructs any vessel meeting certain vessels showing special signals as per Rule 28 of the Lights and Shapes section. 
Point (e) addresses meeting seaplanes on the water.  (If you think this is rare try navigating the Inside Passage and waters generally of British Columbia and Alaska.
Point (f) has two (2) sub-parts to address WIG craft, an illustration of one follows.

WIG craft addressed in International Rules only.
Rule 18:  Except where Rules 9, 10, and 13 apply there are four (4) points that instruct the give-way vessel. 
Point (a) has four (4) sub-parts. 
Point (b) has three (3) sub-parts. 
Point (c) has two (2) sub-parts. 
Point (d) addresses seaplanes only and not WIG craft, which NAUTICAL LOG finds strange.


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