The Handbook of Georgia Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division - Web Version
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In periods of reduced visibility or whenever a vessel operator needs to signal his or her intentions or position, a sound-producing device is essential.
If on State Waters
|Less than 26 feet long (includes PWC)||None required, but highly recommended|
|26 feet long or longer||Whistle, horn, or other sound signal required|
If on Federally Controlled Waters
|Less than 65.6 feet long (includes PWC)||Whistle or horn audible for at least one-half mile required|
|65.6 feet long or longer||Whistle or horn and a bell audible for at least one mile required|
Some common sound signals that you should be familiar with as a recreational boater are as follows.
- One prolonged blast at intervals of not more than two minutes is the signal used by power-driven vessels when underway.
- One prolonged blast plus two short blasts at intervals of not more than two minutes is the signal used by sailboats under sail.
- One prolonged blast is a warning signal (for example, used when coming around a blind bend or exiting a slip).
- Five (or more) short, rapid blasts signal danger or signal that you do not understand or that you disagree with the other boater’s intentions.