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.