Basic Traffic Rules of the Waterway for Sailboats

By J. J. Isler, Peter Isler

Part of Sailing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Traffic rules prevent accidents on land — and on water. Just because you’re sailing on open water doesn’t mean you can disobey simple traffic rules. The rules of the water actually call for more consideration than rules of the asphalt, so bear the following conventions in mind as you sail: