Stanley Yacht Services: Make Sure You Have The Latest "Rules Of The Road" On Board!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Make Sure You Have The Latest "Rules Of The Road" On Board!

Don't get caught empty-handed! The United States Coast Guard has issued an updated version of its "Rules of the Road", entitled Navigation Rules And Regulations Handbook. This publication supersedes the previous Navigation Rules: International-Inland.

In addition to international and inland navigation rules, the compendium includes guidelines on bridge-to-bridge radiotelephone communications and "various other pertinent provisions of the U.S. Code and Code of Federal Regulations regarding compliance and penalties associated with the Navigation Rules."

Be advised the new handbook is not currently available in printed format from the USCG. So we suggest you download and save it:
USCG Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook
Get it, read it, learn it, live it!

If you're like us and like colorful pictures to go along with the often cumbersome regulations, we also recommend you download a copy of A Boater's Guide To Federal Requirements For Recreational Vessels And Safety Tips, published by the Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division. It includes handy safety equipment charts and departure checklists.

While it's great to have easy access to federal regulations, remember your state and/or local area may have additional, more restrictive requirements for boaters. As such, remember to always check the rules and ordinances applicable to your specific locale!

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