As a personal watercraft operator you meet another powerboat head on. What do you do?
When two powerboats meet head on or nearly so, i.e., moving in opposite directions, usually neither vessel is the stand-on vessel. Both are give-way vessels, unless there are special maneuverability requirements as described later. Each powerboat must alter its course to starboard (to the right) so that each will keep the other on the port (left) side as they pass. If you must pass starboard to starboard (right side to right side), slow down and proceed with caution until you are sure your intent is clearly understood by the other powerboat.
Both the PWC and the powerboat are the stay out of the way vessels.
When you intend to pass port-to-port, give one blast of your sound producing device (horn, whistle or bell) before you pass, which should be answered in a like manner by the oncoming vessel. In the less-usual starboard-to-starboard passing, give two blasts of your whistle or other sound producing device. If you are in doubt about what is about to happen, or you think that there is danger, slow down or stop, giving at least five blasts of your whistle.
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