Boating Basics Online - Basic Boating Safety Course
Chapter 6 - Operations

Commercial Vessel Situations

Large commercial ship approaching a sailboatIf at all possible, stay out of areas where there is commercial vessel traffic such as shipping lanes or traffic separation zones. Large ships and barges have special problems in maneuvering and cannot and will not get out of your way.

If you must operate around commercial vessels, take heed of the following:

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