Fog and Sound Signals
Work on these until they are memorized.
- Never set out in fog.
- When underway and fog settles in, immediately reduce speed.
- Chart progress on the chart frequently as appropriate - always know where you are.
- Turn on the radar, and start maintaining radar watch on range of 3 miles of less
- If necessary to maintain or control progress, turn on the engine.
- Put on PFDs, with tethers if rough weather.
- Listen on the VHF to Channel 16 and 13 in Scan mode.
- Post a lookout on the bow to Look AND Listen for vessel and buoy sounds, breakers, and shore noises.
- Person in cockpit also Looks AND Listens for overtaking vessels. Wear (family radio) headphones to communicate with lookout on the bow.
- Idle the engine periodically to make it easier to listen.
- Make the appropriate sound signals as indicated below.
(II) SOUND SIGNALS IN FOG (
Put these symbols on the Air Horn or can of air. Carry a spare can.)
- Long. Under power, making way (sound every 2 minutes)
- Long, long. Under power, not making way (sound every 2 minutes)
- Long, short, short. Towing, fishing, restricted ability to maneuver, sailing, and NUC (sound every 2 minutes)
- Long, short, short, short. Manned vessel being towed (sound every 2 minutes)
- Bell for 5 seconds At anchor (sound every minute)
- Short, short, long. You are running into danger (also 5 shorts)
(III) SOUND SIGNALS (GENERAL, NO FOG)
- Short. I am altering course to starboard
- Short, short. I am altering course to port
- Short, short, short. I am going in reverse
- Long, long, short. I am going to overtake you on your starboard
- Long, long, short, short. I am going to overtake you on your port side
- Long, short, long, short. I agree to your overtaking on the side indicated
- 5 shorts. Danger
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