Collisions are expensive! Learning, understanding and remembering the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs) is essential for anyone venturing onto the water. This book is aimed at both yachtsmen and professional mariners. It is updated for the latest COLREGs and amendments. Paul Boissier explains the intention of each rule and how it should be applied when at sea. It is the perfect companion when studying for any nautical exam. There are plenty of quirky tips on how to remember the various rules, and test sections allow readers to check their comprehension and act as perfect aids to revision. Anecdotes and explanations help clarify the rules and make this a very readable book. If you need to pass an exam, require an on-board reference, or wish to improve your understanding of the nautical rules of the road, this is the ideal book for you.
Paul Boissier was formerly a senior Admiral in the Royal Navy and has spent much of his professional life at sea in a wide variety of vessels, commanding two submarines and a warship. He is also a very experienced yachtsman and has cruised extensively. These perspectives, from the cockpit of a yacht and the bridge of a large ship, make him the ideal author for a COLREGs guide that will be equally useful to leisure boat users and professional mariners. Paul is currently the Chief Executive of the RNLI, the charity that saves life at sea, and operates over 340 lifeboats around the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Foreword; 1 Introduction; 2 Context of the rules: Rules 1-7; 3 How to recognise other vessels by their lights and shapes: Rules 20-31 and 36; 4 Sound signals: Rules 32-35; 5 The manoeuvring rules: Rules 8, 11-19; 6 Narrow channels and fairways, and separation schemes: Rules 9-10; 7 Some examples of collision avoidance; 8 Particular issues for yachts and small boats; 9 Buoyage; 10 Distress signals: Annex IV; 11 International marine VHF channels as used in the UK.