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tion lights. Under any restricted visibility situation always navigate
with extreme caution while keeping a sharp lookout for lights and
signals of other vessels.
When at anchor in restricted visibility every vessel must ring
the ship's bell rapidly for five seconds every minute. Vessels less
than 12 meters (39 ft.) in length that can't give this signal must make
some other efficient sound signal every two minutes. This does
not apply to vessels less than 20 meters (65 ft.) anchored in an
approved special anchorage.
Responsibilities between vessels Who has the right of way?
Vessels with a lower priority must keep out of the way of vessels
with a higher priority unless being overtaken.
a. A vessel not under command (unable to maneuver)
b. A vessel restricted in its ability to maneuver
c. A vessel engaged in fishing*
d. A sailing vessel
e. A power driven vessel
*A vessel engaged in fishing does not include fishing with trolling lines or
other apparatus which does not restrict maneuverability. (ie. Sport Fishing)
As a recreational boat operator plying the waters of New York's
harbors and rivers, you should be aware of the maneuvering characteristics and limitations of large commercial vessels, particularly
in congested areas.
As a general rule, it's best to avoid hampering the progress of
any large vessel even if you believe you have the right of way.
Keep in mind that large vessels are restricted to the deeper
navigable channels whereas your boat may safely operate in
relatively little water. If you feel that you must stay within the
marked channel due to your draft, always observe good seamanship and keep as far to the right side of the channel as is safe
and practical for your vessel.
Also remember that large vessels generally throw large wakes as
they displace water. Larger deeply laden vessels can also take up