Nav Rule: Crossing

How to safely cross paths with another boat

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1. When two vessels have the potential to collide, which operator(s) is(are) legally responsible to take every precaution to avoid the collision?

Operators of both vessels
Operator of the stand-on vessel
Operator of the give-way vessel
Operator of the windward vessel

2. A vessel enters your “Danger Zone” and doesn’t change course, risk of imminent collision exists in which situation?

Vessels are operating in open waters less than 40-feet from each other.
A vessel is operating in an area with commercial vessels
A vessel is operating in a marine sanctuary at a high speed
The relative bearing of an approaching vessel does not change

3. If you are on a crossing course with another power-driven vessel where the risk of collision exists, you must give way if that vessel is on what side of your boat?


4. In a crossing situation what is the give-way vessel's responsibility?

To maintain course and speed until the other vessel is clear
To take early and substantial action to keep well clear of the stand on vessel
To use hand signals to communicate to the passing vessel
To keep astern of the other vessel at all times

5. In a crossing situation, which vessel is required to maintain its course and speed?


6. Which of the following names refers to the vessel that is required to maintain a constant speed and direction?