Safe Speed

Be aware of the following requirements in Collision Regulations.

The operator of a pleasure craft shall at all times proceed at a safe speed so that proper and effective action can be taken in time to avoid collision and be stopped within a distance appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions.

An operator shall consider the following factors in determining a safe speed.

  • visibility
  • traffic density, including concentration of fishing and other vessels
  • wind conditions
  • sea and current
  • proximity of navigational hazards

The operator of a pleasure vessel shall proceed at an appropriate speed such that "wake and wash" will not adversely affect the following.

  • other vessels, such as anchored vessels, grounded vessels, wreck, dredge, tow, rowboat or canoes
  • work being passed such as shoreline, docks, floats, or wetlands
  • swimmers and other waterway users
  • bathing beaches, areas where divers are working, anchorage areas

The operator of a pleasure craft, when not in sight of other vessels in an area of restricted visibility, shall proceed at safe reduced speed appropriate to the circumstances.