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United States Coast Guard Navigation Rules

The navigation rules contained in this course summarize the basic navigation responsibilities for a boat operator on inland waterways. Additional and more in-depth rules apply to various types of waterways, such as International Waters and Western Rivers, and to operation regarding commercial vessels and other watercraft. It is the responsibility of an operator to know and follow all the navigation rules. For a complete listing of the navigation rules, refer to the U.S. Coast Guard publication, Navigation Rules (COMDTINST 16672.2 Series) available online.

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