Before beginners learn to run boats, they must know he basic rules of safety, not only for themselves but for their boats as well. Indeed, it is very important to know the rules of any sport. In boating, if you do not know the rules, this could mean disaster. The rules of boating concern the lights for different kinds of boat, whistle signals and rights of way.
Lights Required After Sunset
Class A boats (under 16 feet long) and Class 1 boats (16-26 feet long) have a combination of red and green light at the front. The red light indicates the port or left side while the green light indicates the right side or starboard. A white light at the rear of the boat must show all around the horizon.
Class 2 boats (26-40 feet long) and Class 3 boats (40-65 feet long) have separate red and green side lights. They also have a white 20-point light at the bow and a white 32-point stern light that is placed higher than the bow light.
One blast of a whistle or horn means going right while two blasts mean going left.
During a cross signal, motorboats are forbidden. This means answering 1 whistle with 2 blasts or 2 blasts with one. In other words, they must answer with the same signal to indicate that the other boat’s signal has been understood.
4 or more blasts mean danger. When the skipper does not agree with a signal or has not understood it, the danger signal must be given and the boat stopped. The boat must not proceed until the right signals have been given, answered and understood.
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