Tom’s Tips About Courtesy While Passing

1. The same boat can make very different wakes in different channels.

2. For example, a narrow channel with steep walls is likely to exaggerate a boatís wake even though, at the same speed, in wider waters, the boat would create very little wake.

3. If another vessel wants to come around you in the narrow parts of the ICW or other waters, itíll help both of you if you slow down so that he can get around quicker while moving at a slower speed himself. If thereís enough room, it may help also to move over a bit. But you should communicate with each other and agree first as to this maneuver.

4. If youíre passing another boat, try to communicate with the skipper to work out an arrangement such as the above which will facilitate the maneuver for both of you.

5. Keep a radio watch on at least Channel 16 VHF (preferably also 9 and 13) while traveling.

6. If youíre at the helm, look behind you regularly to see if another boat is coming up on you. If one is and the skipper hasnít called or signaled you, it may be helpful to call him and ask him to slow down for you or make other arrangements that will be helpful to both.

7. Use sound signals if other means of communication have not been effective.

8. Always follow the Rules of the Road, but it never hurts to add appropriate courtesy considerations as long as theyíre not inconsistent with the Rules.

Go to for other information

Boating and water sports involve risk. Any comments herein should be followed at your own risk. You assume all responsibility for risk or injury to yourself or others. Any person or entity that uses this information in any way, as a condition of that use, agrees to waive and does waive and also hold authors harmless from any and all claims which may arise from or be related to that use.

Copyright 2004-2010 Tom Neale

BoatUS : my.BoatUS : Membership : Boat Insurance : Towing Services : Boat Loans

Online Store : Boat Graphics : Classifieds : Site Map : Contact Us

©2019, Boat Owners Association of The United States. All Rights Reserved.