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