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How to correctly use your horn

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Greetings all,


Now that we all have horns, it is imperative that you know how to give a proper salute.


Most salutes are 1 long blast followed by 2 short blasts, a formal salute is 2 long blasts and 2 short blasts. Less common are 3 long blasts or 3 short blasts.


Here are some examples....



Enjoy using your new horns! :Smile_honoring:

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I suggest you brush up on your rules of the road - suggest the USCG website.


(c) A vessel not under command, a vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver ‹‹ whether underway or at anchor ››, ‹ a vessel constrained by her draft › , a sailing vessel, a vessel engaged in fishing and a vessel engaged in towing or pushing another vessel shall, instead of the signals prescribed in Rule 35(a) or (b), sound at intervals of not more than 2 minutes three blasts in succession, namely one prolonged followed by two short blasts.

(c) When in sight of one another in a narrow channel or fairway:
 (i) a vessel intending to overtake another shall in compliance with Rule 9(e)(i) indicate her intention by the following signals on her whistle:

two prolonged blasts followed by one short blast to mean "I intend to overtake you on your starboard side"
–two prolonged blasts followed by two short blasts to mean "I intend to overtake you on your port side".

 (ii) the vessel about to be overtaken when acting in accordance with Rule 9(e)(i) shall indicate her agreement by the following signal on her whistle:

one prolonged, one short, one prolonged and one short blast, in that order.

Three short blasts is I am operating astern propulsion,  the other vessel is answering back with 3 short blasts - only in Inland waters however.

The one this game needs to have as a hotkey is 5 or more short blasts - DANGER SIGNAL!!!


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