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Posted by jon the fisherman
6/20/2007 12:39 PM
I just wanted to post this for the new boaters out there, or for anyone who may not know this. I see alot of people out there that have no clue what to do when they encounter another boat.
Posted by TennesseeTalker
6/20/2007 12:56 PM
well that was informative.

Hope others look at it too. In all the time I've been on the water in a boat I've never heard anyone give an intention signal.

Posted by Liveliner
6/20/2007 3:48 PM
Thanks JtF. I sure wish there was a way to get boat operators to realize that they are not in their car when on the water. I get a kick out of boaters who will cut across in front of you so they can pass starboard to starbord. The worst place on Chickamauga that seems to have a double yellow line up the middle of the lane is at the pass that links the river and the bay at Chester-Frost. You can not get anyone to steer toward the starboard so as to pass on port side.
Can any of you guys recall ever passing port to port in that pass?
Posted by fisherpal2k
6/22/2007 7:32 AM

Good job JTF! Wish more folks would read a little before going out. Saw a guy the other day with a brand new boat. Never ran one in his life and he jumps on plane right out of the ramp and whizzes past the no wake bouy with no idea.. 

Posted by The Fluke
6/22/2007 2:10 PM
great info....I have always been told to pass Port to Port. However, no one does. I wish that twra would force everyone to take a boaters exam before being able to operate a boat but I know that would be expeinsive and a pain in the neck... Over the past few years it seems everyone has a boat but not all know how to drive them...Just my thoughts!!
Posted by Carl Guffey
6/25/2007 3:25 PM
Which side is port?
Posted by SNUFFY
6/25/2007 4:16 PM
Posted by flip1up
6/25/2007 4:19 PM

Geeze, even I know that
Posted by Buoy-Master
6/25/2007 4:24 PM

LOL!!!! Now thats good!

Port...4 letters...Left...4 letters. Get the hint?

Posted by Skeeter
6/25/2007 8:10 PM
Would that be left if you are standing in front of it or in it?
Posted by Buoy-Master
6/26/2007 3:58 AM

Behind it. Same for Trailers and Vehicles.

Posted by Carl Guffey
6/26/2007 5:48 AM
Now, how many boat operators actually know that port is left and starboard is right? So, how can you follow the rules of the water, if you don't know your left from your right. I really do think that a driving test as well as a written exam should be administered and passed before any person may operate a watercraft of any sort on Tennessee waterways. Each operator on land, with brakes must pass an exam, how can a twelve year old operate a 70 mph vehicle with no brakes.
Posted by Breeze
7/5/2007 12:20 PM
must not be a big deal in tn to know left from right. how many drivers do you encounter that do not use there turn signals .also in colorado you can not pull a skier or wake board from a pwc unless two people on board.'; left right
Posted by Liveliner
7/5/2007 12:54 PM
Posted by Bahama Rick
7/26/2007 4:37 PM
I agree that not many people on the Chick know the rules of the road, but I do not know if testing is the answer. Just look at car drivers!! Maybe handing out flyers with the basics at boating, fishing, sailing events would help.

I would like to see a slow speed zone extending out 100' from the shore and especially around launching areas. I see a lot of boats slow down but that only makes the wake get bigger unless they slow to below hull speed which is about 1.2 times the suare root of the waterline. For a 17 or 18' boat it is about 5 mph. If you want to go fast you should use the channel. Boat Captains are responsible for their wake and in Florida people have video taped boats leaving wakes, sued for damages in court and have won! I don't want to see that here and we have more than enough regulations, but it seems boater education only works thru the "wallet".
Posted by skinnywater
9/26/2007 5:59 AM
I am a member of the Coast Guard Auxilary, Wre treach a class that can help you save money on your insurance. It's called the America boating course. If you are interested in a course in your area , seel out the local CG Aux unit in your area. We provide info for many of the bass clubs in th birmingham area. Also, I can request a insoection of your boat to see if it meets state and national requirements for safety.
Click on district 08E. And the Floatilla for Chatanooga is listed.
Posted by tso
11/16/2007 12:41 PM
TWRA requires anyone born after January 1, 1989 to successfully pass a boater safety course. This is to operate any motor powered watercraft, including Jet Ski's.

I can assure you they teach Port & Starboard.

Another hint, Port (as in Port Wine) is Red and so is the Port light of a boat.
Posted by Doc1
11/16/2007 1:20 PM
The word port and the word left both have 4 letters, this is an excellent way to remember.
Posted by Possum
5/12/2008 6:59 AM
Carl Guffey - 6/26/2007 5:48 AM

Now, how many boat operators actually know that port is left and starboard is right? So, how can you follow the rules of the water, if you don't know your left from your right. I really do think that a driving test as well as a written exam should be administered and passed before any person may operate a watercraft of any sort on Tennessee waterways. Each operator on land, with brakes must pass an exam, how can a twelve year old operate a 70 mph vehicle with no brakes.

Samething with overtaken, does that mean being passed?
Posted by theyorkieterror
5/15/2008 6:50 PM
I would say we all need to read and apply the "72COLREGS" as they apply to inland waters then there are Tennessee laws, Georgia laws,Alabama laws. With each state there are rules to follow and the problem always comes that after being stopped by an officer the rules apply even if you do not know or apply the rules. An example of this is a little item of, in Tennessee the rule to apply is having a throwable device but in another state state, that throwable device must have a line attached to that throwable device. There is also the thought that having a USCG Aux. inspection is in compliance of being inspected. This is true that at that moment in time your vessel was in compliance but your vessel can and is required to heave to and comply with boarding by Federal,State,Local law enforcement for inspection of the same safety compliances and more. There is also the point of caring a coply of the local regulations of the state where you are but also a hard copy of the 72COLREGS. I started boating long time ago but over the years the laws have changed and so did I have to change and increase my knowledge of the laws and regulations. THe most dangerest thing that has happen is being scuba diving and having two jet skies use my divers flag for turn pratice while I was below them within the correct distance of my marker.
Posted by enigmatico
9/10/2008 4:12 PM
Yep, just because they have a boat doesnt mean they know the rules of proper boat handling while in the water, right of way etc. I think another problem is so many boaters have no clue about the rules when launching or loading their boats at the Ramp. Plenty of fights break out at the ramp, yelling, cussing, shoving, pushing boats, blocking trailers, UGLY! I know I have had trouble lauching my boat or loading it, wind, current rushing because there is a line of boats waitiong to be next. Always looking for ways to make the trailer part easier. Came across a video of a trailer gadget called the Snapper, automatic trailer hook up / release system, very slick, dont know the cost but makes the process look like childs play, you can see the video on there is always something new out there but I never saw this system until I happened upon this new website.
Posted by jakemac
4/29/2009 1:18 PM
saturday was a crazy enough day on chick but i almost got run over a few times. oh yeah, did i mention i hate wakeboarding boats
Posted by mlock
5/7/2009 10:02 AM
I am a new boater myself, and everything was in boating language, and what I did for the most part was simply observe and watch how everyone went about it. I even had the boating info from twra but it looked like everyone did their own thing. For instance in the the buoy for channel markers, pass to left of this one...I wish it would also say for this buoy to be on your right as you pass, because when you see conflicting things on the water, the language should be in beginner terms and verbage that speaks neutrally. But I get nervous out there wondering what this boat going to do versus the last one. I think the flyer suggestion was excellent. Take Care.

Posted by griderdawg
7/15/2009 7:16 AM
Thanks for posting this. It is a wonder that we do not have a lot more boating accidents than we do . Lake Chick sometimes is like I75 during rush hour in Atlanta. LOL. All seriousness we need to abide by these rules.
Posted by salecreekaviator
7/15/2009 8:02 AM
My trick to remember port is by thinking of it as a boating action- "I have left port".

I took the Coast Guard Auxillary boater course when I bought my boat and it was excellent. I think it is or was $25, 8-4 on a Sat and included pizza for lunch. Lots of good info that I still use everytime I am on the water: tying knots, navigation rules, safety rules, tips to loading and unloading, docking in current or wind in tight quarters. For me it was a day very well spent, going into I greatly underestimated how much useful stuff I would learn. David Maul was the instructor and he was listed in the phone book.

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