Nassau Sport Fishing Association


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Offshore Fishing

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A members helping members clinic

September 9, 2014


         What's Happening Now                

Upcoming Meetings & Events

September 24, 2014 7:00 PM • Kraft Ten Acres Shelter House
October 08, 2014 7:00 PM • Kraft Ten Acres Main Building Meeting Room
October 11, 2014 9:00 AM • Alamacani Ramp - Fort George Island

News & Topic Forum Updates


Upcoming Tournaments & Outings

October 11, 2014 9:00 AM • Alamacani Ramp - Fort George Island
October 17, 2014 2:00 PM • Burney Park Beach & Shelter - American Beach
November 07, 2014 6:30 PM • Tiger Marina, Fernandina Beach, Florida


Fishing Info Central Things You Need to Know Before You Go !
NOAA Local Weather Forecast




Florida Sportsman - NE Florida Fishing                                                                                   
USCG Auxiliary - Safety Classes & Inspections                                              



Fernandina Beach Fishing Rodeo

August 2, 2014

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It's Time For A Weigh In !

See all the Pictures - 2014 Rodeo



Navigation Rules/ATONS

The Navigation Rules for vessels establish actions for boaters to take to avoid a collision. The Navigation Rules are published by the U. S. Government Printing Office, and are available in any boating supply store. Every boat owner should have a copy, but it is mandatory that a copy be kept aboard all vessels over 12 meters (39.4 feet) in length.

Knowing a few simple rules will help you stay safe on the water. Since there are so many different types of boats, boating activities and styles of boating, it is important to know what to expect when you come upon another vessel and what your obligations are. The term "vessel" includes anything that floats on the water that is used, or is capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.

Therefore practically everything you encounter on the water is considered a vessel and as such, must know, understand and abide by the Navigation Rules. The Navigation Rules cover steering rules akin to rules of the road, sound signaling equipment and requirements, and a section on navigation lights.

Proper and safe on-water navigation has many facets. Entire books and courses are offered on this very topic. Only the basics are presented here. To learn more take the free, online BoatUS Boating Safety Course. The most basic scenario when meeting another boat is usually going to be one of the following: a crossing situation, a head-on situation, or an overtaking situation.


Crossing Situations


Meeting Head-On

Head On

Overtaking Situation 



The responsibilities of a boat operator are many. Basic knowledge is just that. You should strive to know all the requirements expected of boaters, including what to do when you encounter commercial vessels, vessels engaged in fishing and diving and law enforcement personnel. At an absolute minimum, you should always have a proper lookout, operate at a safe speed and yield or give-way to another vessel when in doubt and to always avoid a collision, even if that means breaking a Navigation Rule to save lives and property damage.


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