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In Nanaimo in 2 days ,there have been 3 teenagers hit while running crosswalks on a red light in the dark,only one killed so two survive to become sailors.
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Very, very simply, under power it is much the same as in a car: give way to the vessel to your right, like you would at a 4 way stop sign. The overtaking vessel (the one passing) always has the burden, under sail or power.
Starboard tack (a boat is on the starboard tack when the boom is out to port or if no boom, the wind from the starboard side) is the privileged vessel much of the time.
There's a lot more to it, but as I said, very simply these are the basics. However, please remember that the other guy may be even more clueless than you, so just as in a car, drive defensively in your boat!
I'd suggest you pickup a copy of Royce's Sailing Illustrated, by far the best all around book on sailing, in a fun format. No heavy reading here.
Thanks for that Capta. I tell people " if on port, you must abort" At least for me this works well enough to remember. Also the vessel to windward is burdened, correct? And an overtaking vessel is burdened, I think. But I don't rely on any of them.

I've been able to yell a hello to other sailboats passing many times and I actually got into a shouting match with a power boat that nearly ran me down last week, but those are just anecdotes. I have noticed other sailboats out in the channel apparently unconcerned that a huge fast ship was bearing down on them.

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The vessel to windward is burdened only if both vessels are on the same tack.
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Sharon and I spent the day doing a walking tour of Charleston NC, a beautiful city. On three separate occasions we were almost taken out by cyclists running red lights while we were crossing on a green .... one swore at us for getting in his way. If they had license numbers we would have called the cops.

The hysterical laughter you hear as you drive a way in your"new" boat ..... is the seller.
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Sharon and I spent the day doing a walking tour of Charleston NC, a beautiful city. On three separate occasions we were almost taken out by cyclists running red lights while we were crossing on a green .... one swore at us for getting in his way. If they had license numbers we would have called the cops.
Another reason cyclists need to be tagged.
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3. If they are sailing to windward with a big genny, look for eyes. No eye contact, forget the rule book or honk early. They don't see you and aren't looking.
I'm restricted to internet sailing for a while (no boat yet), but the "honk early" quote caught my attention. Other than docking safely, my biggest concern will be making sure I will correctly perceive which vessel is stand on and which is give way. Having lived for decades close to the water in the Southern Maryland / Washington, D.C. area, I don't recall ever hearing the audible signals my safe boating course taught, except for commercial vessels. I've never heard them on the local lakes here in Georgia.

Whenever I get started, my plan if there's any doubt at all will be to signal my intention and get out of the way.
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I'm restricted to internet sailing for a while (no boat yet), but the "honk early" quote caught my attention. Other than docking safely, my biggest concern will be making sure I will correctly perceive which vessel is stand on and which is give way. Having lived for decades close to the water in the Southern Maryland / Washington, D.C. area, I don't recall ever hearing the audible signals my safe boating course taught, except for commercial vessels. I've never heard them on the local lakes here in Georgia.

Whenever I get started, my plan if there's any doubt at all will be to signal my intention and get out of the way.
It's always a good thing to be able to say .........
Yes, your honour I did make the required signals.

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Yep, unless it's a commercial vessel in a harbour I've never heard a boat beeping a horn.

Maybe in some USA inland waterways but not outside.

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This thread (plus hundreds of posts in other threads) has really boosted my confidence. Now I know.

In Atlanta, drivers will come to a complete stop on a busy through street and frantically waive out someone stopped at a stop sign. Then itís a game of chicken. Running red lights is common, drifting across lanes in turns, riding the gore for 100 yards to bypass stopped traffic, speed limits are optional (high and low), and definitely no turn signals. Seems like the waters are no different.

With the tips on this forum and my book learning, I figure Iíll at least be in the top 50% of safe and basically competent sailors the first time I hit the water!

Yíall are really helping me have a great time vicariously sharing your adventures and learning doís and donítís.

By the way, Iíll sound the signals even if just to set an example. Right before I crash into the dock. [emoji6]

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Re: Clueless Sailors?

So youíre sailing down a channel on port tack. To leeward is another boat on port tack making the same vog so staying right off your starboard beam. As you are going along a dredger sets up putting his massive steel poles down and a barge comes in. The barge is to windward of the dredger. To Windward of that thereís no water. Although you are in the channel the dredger obstructs the port side and you are aimed to hit him. You call the vessel to starboard but no response. You give 5 blasts but no response.
What do you do?

P.S.- we avoided collusion. Will tell how later.

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