Right of Way and Night Sailing

A general rule of thumb is to stay out of everyone's way. There are times, however, when this is impossible and, in such instances, power boats should give way to boats under sail. This being the case, it is important in close quarters to hold your course so that the other skipper can take appropriate action to avoid you, without having to double-guess your actions.

If you are crossing ferry traffic, it is prudent to keep a weather eye on approaching vessels and make every effort to stay well clear.

Many schooners trading between the islands are underway at night, and very few use running lights.

Don't sail at night!

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