I just attended the Waukegan Sail and Power Squadron’s presentation on Rules of the Road last Tuesday at the Waukegan Yacht Club. One of the topics discussed was the light configurations that are required to be displayed on various boat types and lengths. Well I just came across this article in Cruising Compass addressing this very issue in an artilcle called Masthead Lights Can Help You Pass Ships at Night. Captain John is the author once again. To read the article just click here. By the way, the tool Captain John is referring to in his tip at the end of the article is pictured above. I have one and it is really a great tool.
For the Rules of the Road, I learned that for International waters there is an additional ColReg (Collision Regulation) that I was not aware of before. To help remember the order of priority I had been taught the following “Overnight Rooms For Sale Plus Sally” where:
O = Overtaken
R = Restricted Maneuverability
N = Not Under Command
F = Fishing (Commercial Fishing)
S = Sailboat (not motor sailing)
P = Power Boat (any vessel propelled by machinery is the Coast Guard’s definition)
S = Sea Plane
Well for International Waters there is a 8th priority to be added between Restricted Maneuverability and Fishing and that is C = Constrained by Draft. So I guess I need to memorize Overnight Rooms Come For Sale Plus Sally; at least until I come up with something better.
By the way, there is an Android app called ColRegs: Rules of the Road for $2.99. It has mixed reviews but might be worth checking out. It has tests and graphics. If you are interested, click here.
See you on the water,
Sail Away Girl