An official website of the State of Oregon
How you know »
(how to identify a Oregon.gov website)
An official website of the State of Oregon »
You are here:
When visibility is difficult due to fog or nighttime, or whenever you need to signal your intentions, use sound devices. Know the rules for meeting head-on, crossing, and overtaking situations. The sound producing device may be a whistle, horn, or bell that is audible for 1/2 mile. All vessels on state and federally controlled waters must have a sound producing device to communicate.
Do not get in the way of large commercial vessels. They cannot stop or turn and have a very narrow channel to operate. A ship's captain will sound their horns to boaters to move out of the main shipping channel.
Motorboats Underway: One prolonged blast at intervals of not more than two minutes.
Make way for large commercial vessels -who will sound their horns to boaters to move out of the main shipping channel. Anchoring in the main navigation channel is a violation in the Code of Federal Regulations Rule 9.
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.
A lock icon ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website.
Only share sensitive information on official, secure websites.
Your browser is out-of-date! It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Learn how