If you meet a vessel and see a green, red and white light, you are approaching another power-driven vessel head-on. In this situation neither vessel has the right-of-way. Both operators must take early and substantial action to steer well clear of the other vessel.
What should you do when you see green and white lights on another boat?
Give way to your starboard side. Sailboat B: When white and green lights are visible, you are approaching the starboard side of a powerboat. Stand on. Powerboat A: When only a green light is visible, you are approaching the starboard side of a sailboat.
What should you do when approaching another vessel head on?
If you meet another boat head-on: Under the boating rules of the road, vessels approaching each other head-on are always supposed to pass each other port to port — or left to left, just like on the road.
What does it mean when you see a red and green light on another boat?
Sidelights: These red and green lights are called sidelights (also called combination lights) because they are visible to another vessel approaching from the side or head-on. The red light indicates a vessel’s port (left) side; the green indicates a vessel’s starboard (right) side.
What is the proper action of sailing vessel when meet one another?
Give-way vessel: The vessel that is required to take early and substantial action to keep well away from other vessels by stopping, slowing down, or changing course. Avoid crossing in front of other vessels. Any change of course and/or speed should be large enough to be readily apparent to another vessel.
What do 3 short blasts of a horn indicate?
One short blast tells other boaters, “I intend to pass you on my left (port) side.” Two short blasts tell other boaters, “I intend to pass you on my right (starboard) side.” Three short blasts tell other boaters, “I am operating astern propulsion.” For some vessels, this tells other boaters, “I am backing up.”
What do three short blasts of a horn mean?
One short blast tells other boaters “I intend to pass you on my left (port) side.” Two short blasts tell other boaters “I intend to pass you on my right (starboard) side.” Three short blasts tell other boaters “I am backing up (operating astern propulsion).”
What side do you pass an oncoming boat?
You must take early and substantial action to keep well clear of the other boat by altering your speed and course. You should pass at a safe distance to the port (left) or starboard (right) side of the other boat. If a safe route exists, you should always attempt to pass the boat on the starboard side.
Why do boats pass on the right?
Sailors began calling the right side the steering side, which soon became “starboard” by combining two Old English words: stéor (meaning “steer”) and bord (meaning “the side of a boat”). As the size of boats grew, so did the steering oar, making it much easier to tie a boat up to a dock on the side opposite the oar.
What must you do if you wish to overtake another vessel?
Any vessel overtaking any other vessel must keep out the way of the vessel being overtaken. The former is the give-way vessel and the latter is the stand-on vessel.
What is the area between a red and green buoy?
Lateral markers indicate the sides of channels. Safe passage can be found between pairs of green and red buoys.
What color light goes on the front of a boat?
A masthead light is a white light at the front of the boat. The masthead light needs to be visible across 225 degrees and from two miles away. A stern light, which is a white light at the rear of the boat. The stern light needs to be visible across 135 degrees and from two miles away.
Why is Port red and starboard green?
This was to keep ships from colliding at night, by the old “red means stop, green means go.” So that a ship coming into the port at night, would be approaching on the other ship’s starboard side, and the helmsman would see the green light of the other ship, and know that it was safe to proceed.
What is the proper action when two sailing vessel in head on situation the other vessel the wind on her starboard side?
When two sailing boats have wind on different sides, the boat with the wind on the port side must give way. When both boats have the wind on the same side, the boat to windward shall give way to the boat to leeward.
What is the most effective action to avoid close quarters situation?
If there is sufficient sea room, alteration of course alone may be the most effective action to avoid a close-quarters situation provided that it is made in good time, is substantial and does not result in another close-quarters situation.
How do you know when you are operating a vessel at a safe speed?
To determine a ‘safe speed’ for your boat, take into account the following factors:
- The visibility conditions (fog, mist, rain, darkness)
- The wind, water conditions and currents.
- Traffic density, type of vessels in the area and their proximity.