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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 15. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Chapter 390. Watercraft: Safe and Reasonable Operation of Vessels
1/23/2020

4VAC15-390-20. Motorboats Approaching Head and Head.

When motorboats are approaching each other head and head, that is, end on, or nearly so, it shall be the duty of each operator to maneuver to the right and pass on the left side of the other motorboat. This does not apply if the courses of such motorboats are so far on the right side of each other that they may pass right side to right side without risk of collision. When the operator of any motorboat is in any doubt as to whether a head-on situation exists, the assumption shall be made that it does exist and the operator shall take all actions necessary to avoid a collision with the approaching motorboat.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-501, 29.1-502, 29.1-701, and 29.1-735 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-04-3 § 2, eff. July 1, 1973; amended, Volume 19, Issue 05, eff. January 1, 2003.

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