Meet­ing Boats

Canal Boat - - Etiquette -

Meet­ing other boaters should be a plea­sur­able ex­pe­ri­ence. Al­ways say­ing “hello” is stan­dard pro­ce­dure on the wa­ter­ways. The nor­mal prac­tice is to slow down a lit­tle to re­duce the bow wave and then pass port side, (left), to port side. How­ever, Con­sid­er­ate Boaters are ready to pass on the other side if con­di­tions de­mand such as when the other boat is hav­ing dif­fi­culty.

The Con­sid­er­ate Boater will also use the horn to give a long warn­ing blast, (about five sec­onds), which means Cau­tion ap­proach­ing blind bends or re­stric­tions and will be ready to re­act if they hear a horn blast them­selves. They will also move over and give his­toric boats and pairs of boats the cen­tre of the canal for their deep draught hulls.

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