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How do you know if a commercial vessel is towing at night?

When commercial vessels are towing or pushing a barge, they display one or more yellow lights in place of a sternlight. There may be an unlit space of several hundred yards between the lights displayed on the bow and stern of the composite formed by the commercial vessel and its barge(s).

What lights do you need on a boat at night?

Recreational boats operating at night are required to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise….Minimum Visibility Range

  • Boats less than 12m (39.4′), sidelights must be visible for at least 1nm.
  • Boats less than 20m (65.7′), a masthead light must be visible for 3nm.

What is it called when a vessel moves side to side in a stern tow?

“Tramp” Tow Movement of barge(s) between two points by including it/them in a tow of a boat and other barges going in the same direction (contrast with “dedicated” tow). It is sometimes necessary to transfer barges being “tramped” from one boat to another to achieve the desired route and destination.

Which is the most important factor in determining a safe vessel speed?

Traffic density

What should a vessel operator do to keep a proper lookout?

The Collision Regulations require every operator to keep a proper lookout, using both sight and hearing, at all times. Watch and listen for other vessels, radio communications, navigational hazards, and others involved in water activities to be aware of the situation and the risk of collision. Maintain a safe speed.

What action should you take another powerboat approaches you from the port side?

Operating Rules – Keeping it Simple Port: If a power-driven boat approaches your boat from the port sector, maintain your course and speed with caution. You are the stand-on craft. Starboard: If any vessel approaches your boat from the starboard sector, you must keep out of its way. You are the give-way craft.

What should not be discharged from your boat?

The Disposal of Toxic Substances The Federal Water Pollution Control Act prohibits the discharge of oil or hazardous substances into U.S. waterways. As a result, all boats with fuel-powered engines must keep oils or toxic waste on board the boat.

What type of vessel has the right of way in a narrow channel?

If you are operating a power-driven vessel and are heading upstream, all power-driven vessels coming toward you from the opposite direction (heading downstream) have the right-of-way and you must give way.

What should you always do before starting an inboard engine?

What should you do prior to starting up the gas-powered inboard motor? Prior to starting up the inboard motor, check for vapour odours. If you have a gaz powered inboard motor, the blower must be operated for a period of at least four (4) minutes. This will enable any dangerous fumes to fully evaporate.

What is needed to help large vessels see the boat on their radar screens?

Radar reflectors are metallic devices that help small boats show up on the radar screens of larger boats.

  • Radar reflectors are required for boats that are:
  • Radar reflectors should be mounted as high as possible on the boat.
  • See the Collision Regulations, Schedule 1, Rule 40 for radar reflector exemptions.