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 Cbeim posted July 08, 2020 11:20 AM                   I have been researching how the Rules-of-the-Road apply in a marina, however, I have found several different answers. Can you provide me with some guidance?This topic is in reference to all marina vessels being power vessels. Applying the approach that the vessel with the most maneuverability in the marina is the Give-Way, makes sense. A smaller boat would Give-Way to a larger vessel. If there is a current outside of the marina, such as a marina entrance connecting to a river, then the inbound traffic (approaching from the river into the marina), would be the Stand-On, and outbound vessels (from the marina entering the river) would be the Give-Way.However, I have also heard that while in the marina (not necessarily at the intersection of the marina and a river), that outbound traffic would be the Stand-On, and inbound traffic would be the Give-Way, in order to avoid congestion with vessels “stacking up” in the fairways like a crowded highway.At some marinas I have seen signs stating outbound traffic is Stand-On, while in other places inbound is Stand-On. What about the marinas where this is not stated?Within a marina, there can be several fairways which have intersections with other fairways. I have been told that in these situations (regarding similar vessels with the same maneuverability) that the vessel to the starboard side is the Stand-On (which would be the same as power boats crossing in open water). However, I have also heard that a vessel in the main fairway leading in/out of the marina is the Stand-On, while a vessel on a side fairway (not the main fairway), is the Give-Way. This approach would be to avoid congestion in the main fairway.Likewise a vessel exiting the main fairway, and going into a side fairway would be Stand-On, and a vessel in the side fairway would be Give-Way, in order to avoid congestion in the main fairway. However, this could cause congestion in the side fairway, which oftentimes is more narrow than the main fairway.Applying the principle to keep a slow speed, be courteous, and avoid other traffic in the marina, works well. However, is there a source for more definitive guidance?
 Cbeim posted July 09, 2020 06:21 AM                   Thank you.

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