Tip on Navigating a Channel
Unlike a car, you should not
always hug the right side of the road (channel) while navigating with a boat. Of
course, in a heavily traveled channel with lots of traffic, you want to stay
toward the right side and have oncoming traffic pass to your port side. But, if
you have the opportunity, you would be prudent to stay toward the windward side
of the channel. Current also should be a factor in the decision on where you
should be steering your boat.
Staying to the windward side,
or the side from which the current is flowing, is very prudent and can be looked
upon as "defensive navigation." You always want to anticipate what you would do
if something went wrong with your power:
1) in a power boat, any engine can stop operating at any time.
2) in a sailboat, any sail can suddenly malfunction at any time
This is basic Murphy's Law.
By being on the side of the
channel that upwind or up current, you have a lot more room and time to handle
the dilima. And if you go aground, the wind and/or current will help you get
off. Had you been on the leeward side, the wind and/or current would get you
stuck even worse.
This helpful boating pointer is provided by Catamaran Sailors
tips are useful to boaters of all types.
ABA assumes no responsibility or liability for events that occur due
to actions you or others on your behalf take based on the information given.
You are proceeding at your own risk.