A boater must do whatever possible to avoid a collision. Radar equipment should be used if present and in working order. To avoid immediate dangers of navigation and collision, boaters are allowed to depart from the navigation rules.
Early and significant action should be taken to avoid collisions. Small changes in direction or speed may not be recognized by other boaters and should be avoided. If more time is needed to evaluate the situation, a vessel should slow down, stop or reverse propulsion.
Risk of collision exists if:
^ An approaching vessel does not change its course ^ A change of approach is not substantial enough ^ Approaching a very large vessel or tow at close range
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Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.