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Marina Etiquette: Entering the Channel

Marina Etiquette: Entering the Channel

The Rules of the Road are based on the broad reasoning that the more maneuverable vessel must give way to the less maneuverable vessel. In the case of Limestone Marina, this generally means that boats entering the marina should give-way to boats leaving it. It may seem like common sense to those that have been around the marina for many years, but dangerous situations have occurred when entering vessels have assumed they will have plenty of room in the channel to pass side-by-side when they encounter a beamy cruiser or sail boat constrained by her draft, which must proceed directly down the middle, or risk running aground. The situation most often occurs when an up-stream bound boat “cuts the corner” and enters the channel without checking to see if there is…
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