Rules of the Road
If all boats follow the RULES OF THE ROAD, they should operate safely…
Visual Distress Signals
Post a Look Out
Maintain a proper lookout Designate someone to help you watch for dangers from any direction
Maintain a Safe Speed
Maintain a safe speed for the area and water conditions Take into account - Visibility - Other traffic - Ability to maneuver - Water conditions
Alert Locate All must be:
Type A - Parachute flare Type B - Multi-star flare Type C - Hand-held flare Type D: Smoke flare
It is your responsibility to take action in enough time to avoid a collision
Avoid a Collision
Right of “Weight”
The boat who can manoeuver (move) the easiest gives way to the boat who has the most difficult time moving Power gives way to sail, paddle craft, like kayaks, canoes and SUP’s Sail gives way to paddle No one has rights over a large ship, like a ferry or freighter
Approaching from an angle Head On Overtaking
Passing Safely
Type B - Multi-star flare: easily seen from water, land and air. Must emit a red light.
Type B - Multi-star flare: easily seen from water, land and air. Must emit a red light.
Rules Of The Road
Canadian Buoy System
Aids are often used together to help you follow natural and improved channels Provide a continuous system of charted markers for coastal cruising
Floating buoys Day Beacons Show the port and starboard sides of a safe route to be followed
Lateral Markers
Marker with a circle and black text Provide information on the speed limit and no wake zones
Control Markers
Danger Markers
Marker with a diamond and cross Indicate areas NOT to enter
Hazard Markers
Markers with a diamond. Yellow balls, homemade markers Indicate hazards such as shoals, isolated rocks
Information Markers
Marker with a square Provide local information like campsites, marinas, etc
The Key to Safely Navigating
ALWAYS do what you must to avoid a collision It is your responsibility by law
Keep a good look out Understand the basic rules of the road Take responsibility of avoiding a collision job one