Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

,CyRules of the Road' Prove Vital; Boaters Need to Know Code

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

,CyRules of the Road' Prove Vital; Boaters Need to Know Code

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THIS week's boating safety message on basic navigation and the C[pounds sterling]rules of the roadC[yen] will be of interest to all boat skippers, whether they operate on our local dams and rivers or when travelling to coastal locations.

Whilst we might not see many navigation marks on local rivers or Coolmunda Dam, all skippers need to know what buoys, beacons and marks mean immediately when sighted to increase safety for their vessel and passengers.

Freshwater boaters will commonly see a type of floating marker, usually yellow in colour. These buoys indicate the exclusion zones close to dam walls. You will find they are placed a hundred metres or more from the wall. They are placed to avoid situations where boats could be drawn into pump inlets, or drive over the dam wall in times of low visibility or at night.

When confronted with other boats in narrow creeks and rivers, common around the Southern Downs region, keep your speed down to reduce bow waves and stay to the right hand side of the channel.

Collisions are the most common marine incident reported, though there are some rules that can help boaters avoid these incidents.

To avoid collision skippers should remember to keep a lookout all around, keep to the right, turn to the right and give way to the right.

When boating on the coast, remembering the colour of lateral marks will allow a skipper to navigate safely. Red (port or left side) and green (starboard or right side) lateral marks are placed to indicate a safe channel to navigate. Always keep the red (port) marker to your left when travelling into a port or upstream. An easy saying to remember this rule is C[pounds sterling]no red port left in the bottleC[yen].

Unlike on the road, boats travel on the right side of channels allowing other boats to pass on the left (port side). Some boat owners forget this and revert to driving on the left side as you would in a car. …

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