navigational "rules of the road"
Rules and Aids
a PWC in some ways is similar to driving a vehicle because there
are rules of the road on the water and signs to obey. Operating
a PWC is different from driving a car or motorcycle because
there are no familar lane lines on the water or brakes on your
PWC to aid in maneuvering. Crossing and right of way rules,
basic rules of the road and navigational aids are all important
parts of safely navigating on the water.
two boats meet head-on, each must keep to the right (starboard).
crossing, the boat to the right has the right-of-way, just like
a car at an intersection, and is the stand-on vessel. The stand-on
vessel continues on a consistent course and speed. The give-way
vessel should slow and turn to starboard if necessary, and carefully
pass the stand-on vessel astern.
you overtake another boat from behind (the stern), you are the
give-way vessel. The boat being overtaken should hold course
and speed. Pass with care on the right or left of the stand-on
boats, such as commercial fishing boats, deep-draft ships, sailboats,
or other non-motorized vessels have less maneuverability and,
therefore, have the right-of-way over PWC.
Rules of the Road
the basic rules of the road except when it is necessary to depart
from them to avoid a collision.
the primary waterway marking system, have distinctive shapes,
numbers, lights, and sounds to guide boaters on a safe course.
There may be other signs and markers showing rules and regulations
that are set by local authorities.
also control speed. When operating a PWC, the most important signs
to recognize are the ones that read "NO WAKE" and "5
MPH." These signs must be obeyed by ALL boaters.
markers and safe water aids also mark channels. When returning
to dock, solid green marks the left side of the channel, red the
right side, and red-striped the middle.