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Navigation rules

Question when overtaking another motor cruiser what side should you pass on.
I ask because I’ve always presumed it was on the outside (left) and not on the bank side. But on my last broads holiday I had boats overtaking me on both sides.
There was nothing in the hire boat manual, and the boat yard only told me which side of the river to cruise and the speed limits.
If there is a rule on passing then the hirer should be informed prior to take over.
If there is no rule on passing then there should be.


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What an excellent question. I'm not sure if there is a hard and fast rule, but I would always pass on the outside (towards the centre of the river). Passing on the inside is a mugs game, as there is a good chance you'll find a mud bank. Also the skipper that you're passing probably won't notice you, so if he moves closer to the bank you'll be in trouble.

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what do you want to over take for? at three m.p.h just sit back and LOOK at the scenary. the whole point of being on the BROADS is to stop being in a HURRY so sit back and enjoy...

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I agree completely with you Roy. Who wants to overtake.
I'm just sitting here dreaming of meandering up the Ant at no more than 3mph across Barton to Gays Staithe and a walk to the White Horse.Would have been the Barton Angler but seems to have gone down hill recently.Hoping to be back on the Broads early October.

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here, here. It does seem that some skippers just use the river as the fastest point between two pubs. It's not like being on the m25.

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There are lots of speeding boats about, but actually, I don't think it is as bad as it used to be.
I have actually been overtaken by two day boats one on each side at the same time. I am not sure there is a rule, but I would always go for the middle of the river unless I am passing a sailing boat. In this case, you have to decide which side is the least likely to be a problem.
When sailing along, I often found that faster cruisers approaching from astern would try to go up the inside. This is not always a good idea but it seems to be the way that people prefer to go.

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I did'nt say I was or wanting to overtake, I was never in any hurry. I was the one being past on either side. I just wanted to know if there was any rules.

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Someone mentioned the M25 - the Broads is nothing like it - you go faster on the Broads (even at 3mph!)

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Hi Janine, and welcom to the board. I don't think anyone thought that you were the speeder!

It would be interesting to find out though just what boatyards told first-timers about navigation.

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We used to be sent a small book by Blakes  and Pennants
when confirmation of booking was made.This had loads of info including passing through Yaremouth ,tide tables etc etc.Some navigation rules were included.I will dig one out and have a look.Also at some Broads Authority moorings there are boards with this type of info.Horning village staithe definitley has one.

Dave

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