Stanley Yacht Services: Brush Up On Basic Nav Rules: "We'll See You At One Whistle" HINT: It's Not A Local Watering Hole

Monday, January 5, 2015

Brush Up On Basic Nav Rules: "We'll See You At One Whistle"
HINT: It's Not A Local Watering Hole

You may have heard (or used) the term "one whistle" in radio communications between two yachts approaching each other head-on. This is often used as a shorthand, verbal replacement for the warning signal of one horn blast used to indicate a vessel is maneuvering to starboard, as outlined in Rule 34 of the U.S. Coast Guard's Navigation Rules ("Rules of the Road").

By changing to a starboard course, the skipper leaves the oncoming vessel to port, thereby avoiding collision. This is the preferred and customary tack when boats are approaching each other bow-first.

Need a more practical refresher on how to handle head-on meetings on the water? Here you go:


Remember, when in doubt, shout it out! What we mean by that is, clearly convey your intentions to the approaching vessel so there is no room for confusion or, worse, error. If for any reason you're not sure what the other skipper is planning to do, don't be shy - hail him on the radio and ask. We find it's best not to assume everyone knows and/or follows the Rules of the Road "by the book". #SaferBoating

For more videos explaining the navigation rules, we encourage you to visit the Boat On Course website presented by National Safe Boating Council. Even salty sailors and veteran captains can use a good refresher here and there!

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!





Embed This

No comments:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...