If a Motor Boat and a PWC Are Meeting Head On
If a motor boat and a PWC are meeting head on, there are certain rules they need to follow. These can be tricky. They are a bit like an unmarked intersection on the road, so it is important to do what is necessary to avoid collision.
One of the most basic things a power-driven vessel needs to do is change course to starboard. This will allow another power-driven vessel to pass it. Once it does, it should exchange short blasts to indicate its intent to pass.
A PWC is a small powerboat that is under 13 feet long. Like a motorboat, it has an inboard jet drive as its primary propulsion source. Passengers ride on top of it. It uses a similar navigation rules as a motorboat.
Another example of a head-on situation is if a motorboat approaches a sailboat. The sailboat will respond differently to the motorboat than it would to a PWC. In the case of a power-driven vessel, the power-driven vessel should give way to the sailboat.
If a sailboat is approaching a motorboat, the motorboat should alter course to the left side of the water to give way. Similarly, if a PWC is approaching a motorboat, the PWC should change course to the left to avoid a collision.
To keep from getting into trouble, every boater needs to know these basic guidelines. While there are no guarantees, following these simple rules will prevent collisions and ensure your safety.