Posts Tagged ‘Rules of the Road’

Rules of the Road – Overtaking boat

Friday, August 6th, 2010

The rule governing an overtaking boat is quite simple. The overtaking boat must keep clear.

When you think about it, it’s the obvious thing to do. If you are approaching and catching another vessel from behind, you have it clearly in your sight. The skipper of the boat you are overtaking on the other hand will be keeping a lookout all around, including behind but most of the time will be focused on where the boat is heading.

As you draw closer, you will have to decide whether you will be able to go above it, i.e. to windward, or below it. If you’re sailing hard on the wind, it’s likely that you will need to spring the sheets and ease away below. Doing so will mean that you will gain boat speed. Hopefully this will result in your sailing through the other boat’s wind shadow quickly.

Meanwhile, if you are the skipper of the boat being overtaken, you must maintain your course and allow the overtaking boat to pass.

And what if you’re not sure whether you are an overtaking boat? In Rule 13 of the COLREGS (International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea) it states that:

(c) When a vessel is in any doubt as to whether she is overtaking another, she shall assume that this is the case and act accordingly.

This rule governing the overtaking boat is just one of the Rules of the Road that are illustrated in our self-paced learning and self-test program, the Nautical Knowledge.

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Rules of the Road

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Whether racing or cruising, you need to know which is the burdened boat, i.e. which boat must give way, in many different circumstances.

Giving way to boats on starboard may seem obvious but what about when you see a yacht running downwind towards you? Can you be sure which side the wind is crossing her deck? In fact, COLREGS state in Rule 12:

(iii) If a vessel with the wind on the port side sees a vessel to windward and cannot determine with certainty whether the other vessel has the wind on the port or on the starboard side, she shall keep out of the way of the other.

This is just one of the rules you can learn from our interactive Rules of the Road quiz, which is one of five comprising our brand new download, Nautical Knowledge.

Nautical Knowledge

Monday, September 21st, 2009

I’ve been having a bit of a break from blogging, working on an exciting project. But now I can announce the release of our new product. It’s called the Nautical Knowledge and is an audio-visual representation of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS).

Yes. The team at The Boating Bible has developed a stand-alone download from the five interactive quizzes that are otherwise to be found on individual CDs in The Boating Bible Manual of Seamanship.

This means that you can learn, revise and then test yourself on five key areas of safety and seamanship:

  • Rules of the Road
  • Buoyage – IALA Regions A and B
  • Navigation Lights
  • Signal Flags
  • Fog and other Sound Signals

What’s more, you can refer to the Nautical Knowledge over and over again.

For instance, if you’re sailing at night and see a configuration of lights that puzzle you, you can scroll through the learning section of Navigation Lights to locate the vessel. At sea at night you need to know whether a vessel is fishing, towing or at anchor so that you can take steps to avoid it.

Why not get your copy today? The Nautical Knowledge download is available immediately after you have completed the order process. You don’t have to wait!