When the fog rolls in, it gets harder to navigate thru the waters with your boat for sale, especially in archipelagos such as the Philippines. The chance of collisions at sea increases not only during foggy weather but also in heavy rainstorms, falling snow, mist, or any other visibility restricting conditions.
Despite modern boats being equipped with anti-collision radars, accidents still occur especially in restricted visibility areas. To err on the safe side, it’s still best to come prepared whenever you go on a boating trip. But how can you do that? By learning these fog signals by the International Maritime Organization in 1972.
The Rule 35 of the Handbook of the Nautical Rules of the Road outlines the sound appropriate signals (colloquially termed ‘fog signals’) you should follow to prevent collisions should you decide to secure a for sale boat. Boats over 12 meters in length are required to sound the said signals in restricted visibility areas, whether in the Philippines or globally, while watercrafts under 12 meters are recommended but not required to perform the following signals, which are summarized in the infographic below.
As shown above, the signal to make depends on the type of boat and its present condition at sea. Powered-driven vessels, sailing vessels, anchored vessels and such should sound specific signals should they find themselves in the middle of fog or in other restricted-visibility conditions.
These rules, while not required for all types of watercrafts, are recommended for every boat owner so as to avoid accidents at sea. If you’re planning on sealing the deal with that boat for sale, it is important that you are familiar with the rule and take the necessary preventive measures to avoid being part of the said statistics not only in the Philippines but also across the globe.