2003-2008 Four Winns Sundowner 205 225 245 285 Boat Owners Manual

Crossing Situations
5.  The  General Prudential Rule
In a crossing situation, the boat on the right from the 12-  The general prudential rule regarding right-of-way is that
o’clock position  has the right-of-way.   It  must hold     if a collision appears unavoidable, neither boat has right-
course and speed.  The boat  without the right-of-way     of-way. As prescribed in the “Rules of the Road”, both
must keep clear and pass to the stern. See Figure C2.    boats must act to avoid collision.
Night Running
Boats operating between sunset and sunrise (hours vary
by state), or in conditions of reduced visibility, must use
navigational lights. Nighttime operation, especially dur-
ing bad weather or fog, can be dangerous. All “Rules of
the Road” apply at night, but it is best to slow down and
stay clear of all  boats regardless of who has right-of-
Danger Zone
To see more  easily at night,  avoid bright lights when
possible.  Also, it is helpful to have a passenger keep
watch for other boats, water hazards, and navigational
To determine the size, speed and direction of other ves-
sels at night, you  should use running lights.  A green
light indicates the starboard side, and the red light indi-
cates the port side. Generally, if you see a green light,
you have the right-of-way; if you see a red light, give way
to the other vessel. See Figure C4.
Figure C2: Crossing Situation
The boat overtaking the one ahead must yield the right-
of-way to the boat being passed. The overtaking boat
must make necessary  adjustments to keep out  of its
path. The boat being passed should hold its course and
speed. See Figure C3.
Inland Rules
Inland Rules
“I want to pass you on your
port side.
“I want to pass you on your
starboard side.
Stand-on (Privileged)
short blasts (1 sec.)
Vessel Being Overtaken  1  short blast (1 sec.)
short blasts (1 sec.)
1 short blast (1 sec.)
International Rules
“I am altering my course to port.”
International Rules
“I am altering my course to
short blasts (1 sec.)
short blast (1 sec.)
International   Rules  in
Narrow Channels
International Rules
in  Narrow Channels
Figure  C4:   Night  Running
“I intend to pass you  on your port
“I intend to pass you on your
starboard side.”
Whistle Signal
prolonged blasts (4-6 sec.)
short blasts (1 sec.)
2 prolonged blasts (4-6 sec.)
short blast (1 sec.)
Out on the water, whistle signals are commonly used.
Although using a whistle signal is not necessary every
time a boat is nearby, operators must signal their inten-
tions when necessary to avoid potentially confusing or
prolonged, 1 short
prolonged, 1 short
Give-way (Burdened)
Vessel  Overtaking
1 prolonged, 1 short
prolonged, 1 short blast
Figure  C3:
Sundowner™  Owner’s  Manual
Section C
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Evgeny on Jun 25, 2013.

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