When a sailboat is approaching a powerboat, which one is the give-way vessel?

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  • 2 weeks ago

    The powerboat. As long as neither boat is not under command, restricted manueverability, or overtaking.

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Rules of boating are basically the same as driving on the right side of the road for cars... Coming toward you pass on the right.. and not so close or fast that your wake pushes them over.

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  • 2 months ago

    All else being equal, the powered vessel yields. However, there are multiple exceptions, such as a power boat hauling a net or trawl or the sailboat overtaking the power boat. You are also expected to use common sense, not that it is all that common.

    Let's shed a tear for William Jay

    Who died defending his right of way.

    He was right, dead right as he sailed along

    But wouldn't be deader if he'd been dead wrong.

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  • 2 months ago

    If you aren't talking about vessels constrained by their draft (ships in channels) then the sailboat is the stand on vessel.

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  • 2 months ago

    When you’re approaching a vessel without motor power, such as a sailboat, they have the right of way.

    An important note — a sailboat must be “under sail” to qualify for the right of way over power-driven vessels. If they’re using their small outboard motor instead, they have the same right of way as a normal powerboat.

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  • 2 months ago

    Powerboat gives way to the less maneuverable sailboat

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  • 2 months ago

    Sailboats have the right of way.

    • F
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      Tell that to the super tanker capt after he’s run you down.

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  • JetDoc
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The sail boat is assumed to have the right of way, but that really depends on the size of the power boat. Large commercial vessels can't stop or turn like smaller power boats, and sometimes, the sail boat must yield or turn to avoid conflict.

    • Starrysky
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      2 months agoReport

      This large commercial vessel dominance might be different if the power is taking over the sailor from behind and navigation might be restricted.

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  • 2 months ago

    The laws of admiralty...the rules of the road...still apply. Go by the colored lights on the bows of each boat. If you see green on the other vessel, it means you can go.

  • Bill B
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    The power-driven vessel is the give-way vessel. The sailing vessel is the stand-on vessel.

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