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The navigation rules contained in this course summarize basic navigation rules for which a boat operator is responsible on inland waterways. Additional and more in-depth rules apply regarding various types of waterways, such as International Waters and Western Rivers, and operation in relation to commercial vessels and other watercraft.

For a complete listing of the navigation rules, refer to the U.S. Coast Guard Publication “Navigation Rules” (COMMANDANT INSTRUCTION 16672.2 Series) available online.

For state-specific navigation requirements, refer to the state laws where you intend to boat.

United States Coast Guard Navigation Rules Publication - U.S. Department of Homeland Security - United States Coast Guard - Navigation Rules - International—Inland
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