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ColRegs - action to avoid a collision at sea

ColRegs: Action to avoid a collision

ColRegs – avoiding collisions at sea

ColRegs Rule 8: Action to avoid collision

(a) Any action taken to avoid collision shall be taken in accordance with the Rules of this Part and shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, be positive, made in ample time and with due regard to the observance of good seamanship. (b) Any alteration of course and/or speed to avoid collision shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, be large enough to be readily apparent to another vessel observing visually or by radar; a succession of small alterations of course and/or speed should be avoided….

(From Nautical Rules of the Road – ColRegs for power boating and sailing – a Safe-Skipper App)

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Tools and spares for your boat

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Keel maintenance and repair – Part 1

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Sail boat rig checks – Part 1

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How to tackle osmosis

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Antifouling for leisure boats – Part 4

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Essential Knots: Reef knot

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Rig check – how to prevent failure at sea

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Fire prevention on boats

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A five day sailing cruise of the Solent, UK

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Always have an emergency grab bag to hand when at sea…

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How diesel engines work

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Steel hull maintenance

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Winch Servicing

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