When a Sailing Vessel and a Powered PWC Meet Head on in Virginia, Which One Stands?


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When a sailing vessel and a powered PWC meet head on, the sailing vessel is the stand-on vessel, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Stand-on vessels maintain their course and the give-way vessels take the action to vary course.

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Sailing vessels are always the stand-on vessel when coming bow to bow with a power driven vessel. If the give-way vessel is not taking appropriate actions to vary course, the stand-on vessel should take action but avoid turning to port.

The right side of a vessel is the starboard side. The left side of a vessel is the port side.

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