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Rules of the Road
Basic rules of the road on the water
Terms in this set (7)
Head on situation:
When two power driven vessels are meeting head on, each vessel must alter course to starboard (to the right) and pass well clear of each other. (Pass port to port)
When two power driven vessels are crossing, the vessel with the other on her own starboard side is the give way vessel and must keep clear of the other.
Any vessel (including a sailing vessel) which is overtaking another vessel must keep well clear of the vessel overtaken. You can overtake the other vessel on either side but only when it is safe to do so, and you must keep well clear.
Power meets sail:
Power driven vessels usually give way to sail, however this does not always apply. Larger power driven craft should be given a wide berth by small sail craft.
Wind on different sides:
When each sailing vessel has the wind on a different side, the vessel which has the wind on the port side shall keep out of the way of the other
Wind on the same sides:
When both sailing vessels have the wind on the same side, the vessel which is to windward shall keep out of the way of the vessel which is to leeward
Definition of Port Tact
the wind comes from port and the boom is over starboard
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