There are a lot of articles and blogs out there about boating for beginners. But in all honesty there couldn’t be enough! Owning a boat is a big investment, probably one of the biggest in your lifetime. While owning your own vessel is an amazing accomplishment, there are rules and or strict guidelines that you want to pay close attention to. We all know the saying “the rules of the road!” The same applies on the water as well; maybe not the same exact rules at times but you get the concept.
As a new boat owner, you need to know the pecking order, in most cases it’s for boats regarding their right-of-way and yielding obligations. The bigger the engine and the more maneuverability a boat has, the more it has to give way to smaller, less maneuverable vessels.
When handling situations of passing other boats, the one piloting the vessel would come up head to head with another boat, you should generally pass port to port. In layman’s terms that’s your left to the other vessel’s left.
When boats have to pass each other there are requirements for both vessels to remember. The boat being passed always has the right of way. It’s as simple as that.
When crossing situations come up, a boat approaching from your right has the right-of-way.
When in doubt, it’s always best to signal your intentions. Any form of communications whether it’s you whistling from your boat or a simple honk of the horn, you need to do anything you can to ensure that you and the other boater are on the same page.