Boating is a popular recreational activity enjoyed by individuals and families worldwide.

Navigation Rules

One of the fundamental aspects of boating etiquette is understanding and adhering to the navigation rules.


Generally, power-driven vessels must yield to sailboats, and boats traveling upstream must yield to those going downstream


When overtaking another boat, maintain a safe distance and avoid creating excessive wake. When crossing paths with another boat, yield to the vessel on your starboard side (right side).


Operating your boat at a safe and appropriate speed is an essential aspect of boating etiquette. Observe and comply with posted speed limits, especially in areas with heavy boat traffic, near docks, and in no-wake zones.


Whether you're cruising along the open seas, exploring a peaceful lake, or fishing in a serene river, it's important to remember that boating etiquette plays a crucial role in ensuring everyone's safety and enjoyment on the water.


If you are approaching another boat head-on, both vessels should alter their course to starboard (right) and pass port-to-port (left side to left side).


The wake created by a boat can have a significant impact on nearby vessels. Reduce your speed when passing close to other boats, moored vessels, or sensitive areas to minimize the disturbance caused by your wake.



Anchoring is a common practice for boaters who wish to enjoy a peaceful time on the water. Following proper anchoring etiquette ensures that everyone can enjoy their boating experience without unnecessary disruptions. Here are some guidelines to follow:



Maintain Adequate Distance: When anchoring near other boats, give them ample space to swing with the wind or tide. Be aware of the length of your anchor line and the depth of the water to avoid drifting too close to neighboring vessels.



If you plan to anchor overnight or during low visibility conditions, make sure your boat is properly lit with anchor lights. This allows other boaters to identify your position and avoid collisions.


When approaching a dock or marina, be aware of other boaters who may be entering or leaving the area. Allow ample space for them to maneuver their vessels. When docking, ensure that your boat is securely tied to the dock or mooring. Use fenders to prevent damage to your boat and neighboring vessels during the docking process. Be mindful of the noise levels generated by your boat. Excessive noise can disrupt the tranquility of the water and disturb wildlife and other boaters. 


When rafting (tying up multiple boats together), always ask for permission from the boat you intend to raft to. Be considerate of their space and make sure you do not impede their access to the dock or cause any inconvenience.
These rules are established to prevent collisions and ensure a smooth flow of traffic on the water. Here are a few key points to keep in mind: Utilize proper hand signals and horn blasts to communicate your intentions to other boaters. Clear and effective communication can help prevent misunderstandings and accidents.
Boating in areas with high boat traffic requires extra attention and consideration. Follow these guidelines to ensure a smooth and safe experience. In congested waters, keep a safe distance from other boats to avoid collisions.