Originally Posted by Don Lucas
So here I am this afternoon sitting in the cockpit
while on a mooring having a well deserved cold drink after a short crossing; and in comes a plane on the water! And as it gets into the mooring field it comes to a boat going out.
So who is the stand on and give way on this one?
Rule 18 part (d/e)
on the water
shall, in general, keep well clear of all vessels and avoid impeding their navigation
. In circumstances, however, where risk of collision
exists, she shall comply with the Rules of this Part.
Our club has a test before you can take out boats. One person years ago came back the next day after taking the test and said he was going to tell us that our test question is wrong about seaplane right of way. He flew seaplanes and his job was working with plane regulations
. He went and looked up the FARs and found that we were right. He said If I didn't know the regs about on the water
right of way, I'm pretty sure there are many seaplane pilots that don't either.
I've seen this come up on another forum, apparently many seaplane pilots think they have right of way.