Welcome! If you operate only outside U.S. waters you haven’t had the pleasure of learning the Inland Navigation Rules. In some areas U.S. coastal waters switch from Inland to International in a short distance – the changes are indicated by demarcation lines on the charts. If you operate in U.S. waters you need to know the Inland rules, so get an electronic or paper copy of the U.S. Coast Guard publication Navigation Rules: International and Inland. An electronic version, with explanatory notes, is available online atwww.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=navRulesContent. It’s not a PDF document, but the differences between the Inland and International Rules are laid out side by side (there are not too many, but some are significant). The paper book is a better choice for study and reference.
Priscilla Travis spends more than 110 days each year on the water, takes photos, and writes about nautical topics.