Fog can develop quickly, and limited visibility raises the risk of a collision. Here are 4 steps to remember when the weather closes in.
1. Slow Down or Stop
If necessary, you should be able to stop in half the distance of visibility.
2. Make Your Presence Known
Fog signals must be sounded, and the time interval specified in the Navigation Rules is the minimum.
3. Post a Lookout
Post a crew member on the bow and, if possible, the stern as well. Have them swap locations periodically to keep them sharp.
4. Stop and Listen
Boats, buoys and lighthouses all make noise, and you’ll hear them before you see them. The transmission of sound in foggy conditions is tricky. If you hear something, don’t jump to a quick conclusion about its direction and distance, listen some more.