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FOLLOWING MARINE RULES OF THE ROAD
WILL PREVENT A BOATING TRAGEDY
- BY JOHN GULLICK, CPS-ECP MANAGER OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS
I have redrafted this article that I wrote in 2019 because of the
recent tragic boating incident on Lake Joseph in the Muskokas.
Requests for information about Marine Rules of the Road are
among the most common that I receive. This article contains
information taken with permission from the Canadian Power
and Sail Squadrons Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC)
Boating Basics Course.
One of the primary rules of the road is To Keep Watch To
Avoid Collisions.
Keeping a constant watch for others on the water is common
sense and the law. If you are sharing water with other vessels
that are less maneuverable than you, remember it is harder
for them to take avoidance action. This is a good reason to
give them lots of room and stay out of their way.
Boating can be fun and safe for the whole family. With basic
knowledge and care, a boater can avoid trouble instead of
trying to get out of it. When operating a boat you are responsible
for the safety of the boat, the safety of your guests and
any damage caused by your boat or its wake. Others have the
right to assume that you know what you are doing.
It is a criminal offence to operate a vessel in a dangerous
manner like waiting until the last minute to avoid a collision
and operating a boat at a greater speed than required to
maintain steering control.
You must also remember that boats, unlike cars, do not have
brakes. They steer from the back and not the front, and they
need minimum power to maintain good steering control. When
you stop power from the engine, there is minimum steering
available from the rudder, the outboard or outdrive, and the
boat tends to travel forward in almost a straight line making
           
the boat. So maintain a good distance to allow for any reduced
maneuverability.
There is seldom an excuse for a collision. It can almost always
be avoided by maintaining distance and keeping a good
lookout.
To fully understand rules of the road, you must also understand
the nautical terminology for " left " and " right " . When
facing forward in a boat, the left side of the boat is the port
side and the right side is starboard. At night, also remember
that for the navigational lights the green light is on the right
or starboard side of the boat, and the red light is on the left
or port side of the boat.
If you see an approaching boat's red light, it is in your " danger
zone " - the zone covered by your green light. It is the Stand
On vessel and has the right of way so you must take avoiding
action. You should expect that the boat with the right of way,
the Stand On Vessel, will maintain its course and speed.
            
that can be found in the Collision Regulations. However, it is a
term that most recreational boaters seem to better understand
than the term " Stand On Vessel " .
Regardless of who is the Stand On Vessel, or the Give Way
Vessel, it is everyone's responsibility to maintain a watch at
all times and take any action required to avoid a collision.
Following these simple rules will help ensure that everyone
has a safe and enjoyable boating season. 
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AT THE HELM: FINALLY! CRUISING DOWN SOUTH IS POSSIBLE AGAIN!
WAYPOINTS WINTER CRUISING: HEADING SOUTH!
“YOU WON!”: WINNER OF THE YACHT SOLUTIONS SCHAEFER YACHTS CONTEST
POWER REVIEW: SCHAEFER 303
THE PORT HOLE: OCTOBER 2021
SAIL REVIEW: FOUNTAINE PAJOT ASTREA 42
POWER REVIEW: OAKLEY 245 CC
CROSSING THE LINE: THE VERY OFF SEASON
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Canadian Yachting October 2021 - AT THE HELM: FINALLY! CRUISING DOWN SOUTH IS POSSIBLE AGAIN!
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Canadian Yachting October 2021 - WAYPOINTS WINTER CRUISING: HEADING SOUTH!
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