Tips for Boating in Fog
The Sea Tow Foundation and the Coast Guard offer the following tips for boating safely in fog or other limited visibility situations.
It is rare to encounter heavy seas with fog, but it can happen. When it does, the rolling of the vessel combined with reduced visibility can cause the operator to become disoriented. Fog brings the greatest risk of collision with an obstacle or another boat, so do the following before your visibility becomes seriously reduced:
- Fix your position on a chart or mark it on an electronic plotter.
- Reduce your speed to the point where you can stop your vessel in half the visible distance.
- Turn on your navigation lights.
- Instruct any passengers to help you keep watch—by sight and hearing—preferably in the bow.
- Begin sounding 1 long blast on your horn (4 to 6 seconds) every 2 minutes while under way and 2 long blasts every 2 minutes when stopped.
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