Unlike the roadways, our
waterways don’t have yellow stripes and signal lights
directing traffic. Boaters must depend on each other to know
and observe the “rules of the road” on the water
even though markings are rarely available to provide guidance.
Knowing and following the rules will prevent accidents – and
keep tempers in check - so everyone can have a good time.
Head-on: When meeting head on,
both vessels should alter their course to
the right so that each boat will pass to the
port side of the other. You should signal
your intention with one short horn blast.
The other vessel should answer right away.
crossing, the vessel to your starboard (right)
is considered the stand-on vessel and you should stay out of
the way and avoid crossing ahead. The vessel to the left is the
give-way vessel, or the vessel directed to