Safe Boating Week 2007

 

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Encountering Large Vessels
USCG Auxiliary Georgetown

 
 

...ENCOUNTERING LARGE VESSELS...

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE USCG AUXILIARY GEORGETOWN

Large ships often times operate in a narrow areas such as channels, that are likely not over 200 feet wide and dredged enough to support the draft of the ship. With this in mind one can readily see that large ships are restricted in both maneuverability and draft. Many of the ships that navigate the waters can easily have a draft of 25 feet or more. They may also be making way at 8 to 10 knots and stopping would require a large distance.

Recreational boaters must respect the size and restrictions of theses large vessels. Never ever anchor in the traffic channel. Never engage in fishing in the center of a navigable channel. Always maintain a proper lookout. Never cross in front of a large vessel. Always give the large vessel the right of way and cross the channel after the vessel has passed.

As an operator or captain of your vessel you are responsible for your vessel, yourself, and you passengers as well as other vessels and their crews. If ever in doubt as to what you should do when encountering a large vessel, you should contact the captain on VHF Channel 16 for help and directions.

If you haven't already done so, consider taking a Boating Safety Class. Navigation Rules apply to anyone operating a boat on our waterways. Learn the rules, abide by the rules, wear your life jacket, and you can look forward to many years of boating fun.

THIS MESSAGE WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY...

THE USCG AUXILIARY GEORGETOWN

 ...YOU'RE IN COMMAND. BOAT RESPONSIBLY!...

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