|RECOGNIZED DISTRESS SIGNALS
The following are some of the signals that are recognized as indicating distress and need
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 California Boating Law."
INLAND RULES OF THE ROAD
Short Blast - 1 second
Prolonged Blast - 4 to 6 seconds
Use of cross signals, answering one signal with two or with one, is forbidden.
Three short blasts indicate engines going astern
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
Five or more short blasts sounded in rapid succession indicates risk of collision or
intent of other vessel not understood.
INLAND RULES OF THE ROAD(CONT.)
- Making way through the water - one prolonged blast sounded at two-minute
- 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
One or two short blasts
CALIFORNIA UNIFORM WATERWAY MARKER SYSTEM
REGULATORY OR ADVISORY MARKERS
AIDS TO NAVIGATION
(WHEN GOING UPSTREAM)