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Basic Sailing Rules On a Boat

The joy of sailing and cruising around is a great feeling.  But whilst sailing can provide adventure and relaxation there are certain rules which are worth getting to know to keep everyone in the water safe and happy. Here are a few basic rules on how to behave on the water.

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Rule #1: Don’t drink and sail

Going sailing is just like going driving – there are certain rules you have to abide by. And just like driving, sailing under the influence is not a good idea.  Worth noting is that in certain countries random breath tests are even carried out.

Rule #2: Safe speed and distance

Traveling at a safe speed will keep boaters, swimmers, snorkelers and divers safe. Speed and distance will, of course, depend on circumstances and conditions, such as visibility and weather conditions.  However, as a general rule of thumb the faster the speed, the greater the safe distance must be.

Rule #3: Lookout for possible danger

Be it people in the water, other boats around you or even land, always keep a sharp lookout for possible dangers out there.

Rule #4: Do not bow ride

Whilst dangling your feet over a vessel, or standing on the bow of a sailing boat might make you want to scream Leonardo DiCaprio’s iconic line “I’m the King of the World” at the top of your lungs, this is probably one of the worst things you could do.  Why? Bow riding is not only dangerous but it is also illegal and subject to fines in most countries.

Rule #5: Right of way

Power driven boats must always steer well clear of sailboats unless the sailboat is overtaking. So, in the spirit of keeping everyone’s sailing experience fun and safe, before you embark on your journey, make sure that you are familiar with basic international sailing regulations so that you can have fun on the water!

Book2sail wishes you safe sailing.

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