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Of Whistles, Bells and Gongs

The Royal Clangor

While the Rules of the Road do not make for stimulating bedtime reading, unless one is studying for their captain’s license, they do contain an interesting set of guidelines pertaining to the equipment for sound signals. Masters of superyachts and …

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Safe Speed Rule

Time to apply the safe speed rules

If you think about it conceptually, two vessels in a meeting situation must be able to successfully stop within a hair’s breadth of each other in order to avoid a collision at sea. That, in a nutshell, is the raison …

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New Reels Catch Fish So Purchase Some – COLREGS


Sailors are notorious for having poor memories, perhaps due to the copious amounts of rum they have imbibed. Whatever the reason, over the years they have developed memory tools that aid in information retention and these aids are called mnemonics. …

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Avoiding Collisions with Colregs

Contrary to popular belief, the phrase ‘right of way’ is never mentioned once in the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (IRPCS). Prior to 1977, vessels were called either burdened or privileged in potential collision situations, which may have …

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