Boaters are more civilized, courteous, giving and even helpful to other boaters. Right etiquette is constantly observed. And even when a lot of boaters did not take any boating safety course, they’re concerned of the things to do and the ways to act on every condition.
Common sense – the unwritten rule with boating and a must have if you wish to survive on waters. Should there be any question of right-of-way, common sense will readily tell you to give it to the other guy irrespective of who is privileged and who is burdened. In boating, everybody seems to know this and for some good reasons, people seem to consciously apply common sense and give way to others.
There is this story about two guys were leisurely boating maintaining their way at 4 miles per hour. A huge cruiser was coming up trailing them. Logically, the large cruiser, because it was the burdened, had to give way while the casual boaters can bear on their line since they were privileged. However, common sense persisted to the privileged ones, knowing that they can get into trouble and gave way for the large boat.
This isn’t a unique incident. Most boaters are more bent on using their common sense than applying the principle of who’s the privileged and who is the burdened. And this is something you always like to bring when getting out on the waters. This isn’t the rule but it’s always advisable to yield and let the other guys pass, regardless of who owns the right-of-way. When you set to the waters, you can always observe this kind of attitude is a collective manner. Everybody seems to give way to others – not because they recognize the rules but more because they incline to treat boaters as neighbors on similar water. Moreover, there’s always that help-your neighbor rule that governs everyone. In fact, this is a legal rule but boaters who are incognizant that this is a rule tend to employ it every time or at the least when they’re on the waters.
Sometimes, finding boaters helping another boater to tow his boat to the shore or fix a boat, may drive you crazy in a good way. If you are anchored a number of yards apart from the main pack, it would only be just a matter of time when somebody will approach you to ask if everything is okay or shout from the distance “Out of gas?” or “Need some help?”
Overall rules are fine but they are more valuable when legal conflicts are necessary. On waters, readily play defensive to prevent collisions, produce harmony with other boaters, and constantly be ready to give others help.