There are other rules for safety boating, these are called
“General Rules of Seamanship” which are:
- Always cross waves at right angles.
- When caught in heavy water, head your boat either directly into the waves or at a slight angle. Reduce your speed but maintain enough power to maneuver your boat safely.
- Keep your speed under control. Respect the rights of boats engaged in fishing, swimming, water skiing, or diving. Give them a “wide berth”.
- When meeting a boat head–on, keep to the right whenever possible.
- When two boats cross, the boat to the right or starboard has the right of way. So, you must reduce speed ant let it pass first.
- When overtaking or passing, the boat being passed has the right of way and you should be aware of other boat changing course at last minute.
- If a bigger boat at high speed passes you nearby, reduce speed immediately to reduce wave jumping left behind.
- At night if a boat is coming head on, navigation lights should be aligned the same “green-green” on both boats sides.