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BOATING TIPS AND RULES

Quoting from CHAPMAN "Piloting & Seamanship" - If every skipper knew the "Rules of the Road" as they should, it would do much to bring calm to what can otherwise be chaotic situations.

With the Memorial Day Weekend coming up the boating season will get into full swing.  Unfortunately, in spite of the best efforts of the USCG and the various States Safe Boating organizations, there will be incidents some of which will be fatal.  Boating under the influence (BUI) is a leading cause of these incidents often coupled with lack of nautical knowledge.

In support of Federal and State Educational and Safety Boating efforts NAUTICAL LOG is starting a series which will give Boating Tips and cover the NAVIGATION RULES COMDTINST M16672 (latest edition) Steering and Sailing Rules for International and Inland Waters - yes there ARE differences between them - these must be known, understood and followed to avoid incidents.  There are also differences between Federal and State Regulations in the requirements for equipment you must have in your boat when out on the water.  Check with your State for these requirements at your States website.

Depending on the specific situation they address NAUTICAL LOG will cover at least one or two of both the International and Inland Rules in each of our Posts. 

Look for BTR #1 the first of the series coming up!!

Good Watch.

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