Don't Crash

The sea and harbours can be busy places, it is very important you know how to avoid other boats. Always remember to tell someone where you are going.

Keep a good look out!

Collisions nearly always happen because the crew on the boats were not keeping a good look out. Look out and listen for danger all around your boat at all times. Beware of blind spots caused by sails and spray.

Try to keep well clear of all other boats, but in some situations you will need to cross the path of another vessel.

Image showing a sailng boat on the look out

Avoiding other sailing boats

If another sailing boat is coming towards your boat, you need to know who is supposed to give way. This will depend upon the tack of both boats.

Crossing on a different tack

Watch the animation to find out how to move your boat when you are on a different tack to the oncoming boat.

Rule: The boat on the port tack always gives way, usually by turning to the right

Crossing on the same tack

Watch the animation to find out how to move your boat when you are on the same tack as the oncoming boat.

Rule: The windward boat will always give way, usually by turning to the right

Avoiding non-sailing boats

If possible keep out of the way of big ships. Remember other vessels may not be able to manoeuvre as easily.

Image showing a yacht going towards a large ship

A motor boat in general gives way to a yacht under sail.

Image showing a motor boat giving way to a yacht

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