Signals between Vessels
Before we get into the requirements for signals, you must first understand
the terms we will use.
The word vessel includes every description of watercraft
including nondisplacement and seaplanes, used or
capable of being used as a means of transportation.
Any vessel propelled by machinery.
Any vessel under sail, provided that propelling
machinery is not being used.
Any vessel fishing with nets, lines, trawls, or other
apparatus that restrict maneuverability, does not include
a vessel fishing with trolling or other fishing apparatus
that do not restrict maneuverability.
Any vessel that, through some exceptional
circumstances, is unable to maneuver as required by
rules and is therefore unable to keep out of way of
another vessel (i.e. broke down).
Restricted in Its Any vessel that, from the nature of its work, is restricted
in its ability to maneuver as required by these rules and
is therefore unable keep out of the way of another
A power-driven vessel that, because of draft in relation
to the available depth of water, is severely restricted in
its ability to deviate from the course it is following
Any vessel not at anchor, made fast to the shore, pier,
wharf, or aground.
A vessels length overall and greatest beam or width.
Signals between Vessels, Continued