Boating Safety Card

Is a printed reference card available from DBW with the "INLAND RULES OF THE ROAD."

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Contents:

RECOGNIZED DISTRESS SIGNALS

The following are some of the signals that are recognized as indicating distress and need of assistance.
DISTRESS SIGNALS On Coastal waters, most boaters must carry Coast Guard approved visual distress signalling devices. Write the Division of Boating and Waterways for more information on visual distress requirements or consult the ABCs of the California Boating Law.

SIGNALS Short Blast - 1 second 
Prolonged Blast - 4 to 6 seconds 
CROSS SIGNALS Use of cross signals, answering one signal with two or with one, is forbidden. 
REVERSE Three short blasts indicate engines going astern(in reverse).
CROSSING Give-way vessel, vessel which has the other on the starboard(right(, keeps out of the way and avoids crossing ahead of stand-on vessel. Stand-on vessel holds course and speed. 
AVOID A COLLISION
DANGER Five or more short blasts sounded in rapid succession indicates risk of collision or intent of other vessel not understood. 
REDUCED VISIBILITY Power-driven vessels 
  • Making way through the water - one prolonged blast sounded at two-minute intervals. 
  • Underway but stopped and making no way through the water - two prolonged blasts in succession with two second intervals between blasts sounded at two-minute intervals.
Sailboats or Vessels not under command, restricted in ability to maneuver, towing or pushing another vessel, or engaged in fishing with nets or trawling 
  • One prolonged followed by two short blasts sounded at two-minute intervals.
MEETING HEAD-ON OR NEARLY SO One short blast. Both vessels alter course to starboard(right) to pass port (left) to port. 
MEETING HEAD-ON
OVERTAKING
One or two short blasts 
OVERTAKING
CALIFORNIA UNIFORM WATERWAY MARKER SYSTEM
REGULATORY OR ADVISORY MARKERS

CALIFORNIA UNIFORM WATERWAY MARKER SYSTEM


AIDS TO NAVIGATION
(WHEN GOING UPSTREAM)

AIDS TO NAVIGATION

WEATHER ADVISORIES
WEATHER ADVISORIES

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