Course Outline

Important Definitions

Vessel Any type of watercraft, including non-displacement craft and seaplane used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.
Power-Driven Propelled by machinery
Sailing Vessel Under sail, provided that propelling machinery, even if present, is not being used
Vessel Engaged in Fishing Any vessel fishing with nets, lines, trawls, or other fishing apparatus that restrict maneuverability (does not include a vessel fishing with trolling lines or other fishing apparatus that do not restrict maneuverability)
Seaplane Any aircraft designed to maneuver on the water
Length and Breadth A vessel's length overall and greatest breadth
In Sight of One Another Vessels are deemed to be in sight of one another only when one can be observed visually from the other
Stand-on Vessel When encountering another vessel, the stand-on vessel must: 1. Maintain course and speed. 2. Keep a proper lookout and return communication with the give-way vessel. 3. Do all it can to avoid collision
Give-way Vessel The vessel that must take EARLY and SUBSTANTIAL action to keep WELL clear of the stand-on vessel
Underway A vessel that is not at anchor or made fast to the shore
Restricted Visibility Any condition in which visibility is restricted by fog, mist, falling snow, heavy rainstorms, sandstorms, or any other similar causes
Inland Waters The navigable waters of the United States shoreward of the navigational demarcation lines dividing the high seas from harbors, rivers, and other inland waters of the United States, and the waters of the Great Lakes on the United States side of the International Boundary