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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 15. Department of Wildlife Resources
Chapter 390. Watercraft: Safe and Reasonable Operation of Vessels

4VAC15-390-40. Overtaking another vessel.

A. Duty to keep clear; overtaken vessel not to cross bow or crowd. Every vessel overtaking any other vessel shall keep out of the way of the overtaken vessel, and shall not attempt to pass the vessel ahead until they have reached a point at which it can be safely done. The overtaken vessel shall not attempt to cross the bow or crowd in upon the course of the overtaking vessel.

B. When vessel deemed to be an overtaking vessel. Every vessel coming up with another vessel from any direction abaft the beam of the other vessel shall be deemed to be an overtaking vessel, and no subsequent alteration of the bearing between the two vessels shall make the overtaking vessel a crossing vessel within the meaning of this section or relieve her of the duty of keeping clear of the overtaken vessel until she is finally past and clear. When a vessel coming up with another vessel is unable to determine with certainty whether she is forward or abaft the beam of the other vessel she shall, if in doubt, assume that she is an overtaking vessel and keep out of the way of the other vessel.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-701 and 29.1-802 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-04-3 § 4, eff. July 1, 1973.

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