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Navigation rules include the use of sound signals to communicate with other boaters.

Sound signal of one toot for boat passing on its left side

TOOT (one short blast) tells other boaters "I intend to pass you on my port (left) side."

Sound signal of two toots for boat passing on its right side

TOOT TOOT (two short blasts) tells other boaters "I intend to pass you on my starboard (right) side."

The other vessel will sound the same signal if in agreement with the proposed maneuver.