Navigation Rules

There are two terms that help explain these rules:
• Stand-on boat: The boat or PWC which should maintain its course and speed
• Give-way boat: The boat or PWC which must take early and substantial action to avoid collision by stopping, slowing down or changing course

Power vs. Power:

General rule is to keep to the right of powered vessels when meeting head-on, crossing or overtaking another powered vessel.

Meeting Head-On

Neither boat is the stand-on boat. Both boats should keep to the starboard (right).

 

 Crossing Situations

The boat on the operator’s port (left) side is the give-way boat. The boat on the operator’s starboard (right) side is the stand-on boat.

Overtaking  

The boat which is overtaking another boat is the give-way boat. The boat being overtaken is the stand-on boat.

Power vs. Sail:

Sailing vessells always have the right of way over 

Meeting Head-On

The powerboat is the give-way boat. The sailboat is the stand-on boat.

Crossing Situations

The powerboat is the give-way boat. The sailboat is the stand-on boat.

Overtaking

The boat which is overtaking another boat is the give-way boat. The boat being overtaken is the stand-on boat.

** be sure to buy a copy of The Official Georgia Boater Safety Handbook at: http://www.boat-ed.com/georgia/handbook/

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