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USCG Navigation Rules Updated

FYI:

Amendments to Inland Navigation Rules (33 CFR 83) became effective 1 August 2014 and a new Handbook of Navigation Rules (replacing the old Commandant Instruction 16672.2) is posted on the NAVCEN website (no government printed version is currently planned, but, USCG is working with commercial purveyors to produce one).

On-line version at the Nev Center web site:

Navigation Rules Online

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http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/navRu...S_20140818.pdf
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While it is good to know that they have been updated, and thank you, Donna, for the pointer; what are the major changes?
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While it is good to know that they have been updated, and thank you, Donna, for the pointer; what are the major changes?
Sorry. The Record of Changes page is blank.
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Sorry. The Record of Changes page is blank.
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Or, the Record of Changes page has been heavily redacted by DHS to ensure that enemy dhows sneaking up the Mississippi will get quickly caught?
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The long version of the changes:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014...2014-14413.pdf
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Search for "Table 2" - gets you to the changes.

PS The reason that the "Record of Changes" page is blank is that it is used to record pen and ink corrections to a document after the document has been published. The published document always has a blank "Record of Changes."
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Re: USCG Navigation Rules Updated

Thank you zephyr!

What are you drinking, I'll buy this round.


From a fast and non-critical reading, it looks like the only things that would affect most of us are:
1-Surface effect craft, which are now called WIGs, may have a new red light
2-Whistles and horns may have additional new sounds/frequencies?
3-Optional all-around white lights are being encouraged on small craft
4-And most useful of all, a 40-foot boat no longer needs to buy or use a bell.

I know that's not all quite right but my head is spinning from trying to read the Congressionalese. Obviously the USCG hasn't bought a single copy of PowerPoint, of learned what a bullet list is. Fortunately they rejected the proposals to add alternate flashing red and green lights or fast white strobes, since in that environment their dress whites might have been mistaken for disco garb.
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Re: USCG Navigation Rules Updated

It is interesting how this process is carried out. One of the goals is to normalize the International and the Inland Rules. But how do they pick other things?

Your comment about strobes in particular caught my attention. There is no provision for white strobe lights in the International Rules, the Inland Rules state that they are a distress symbol (note this, all you ICWers who run their strobes all night in an anchorage MAYDAY MAYDAY!)

One of my complaints about the rules is the anchor light rule. As anyone who has come into an anchorage at night with many bright lights on shore knows, picking out the sailboats from the stars and background lights can be very difficult. I would have liked to have seen something to make these boats more visible.

A second complaint is about the color blue. In the US in most jurisdictions blue lights are illegal for all but law enforcement. (Tell that to the thousands of boaters with blue accent lights on their boats.) Yet blue is the one major color that is unique. Red, Yellow and Green are prevalent on shore. I have navigated more than once to a red or green light that changed color since I mistook a shore based traffic light for a aid to navigation! I would love to see blue strobes at about eye level as the standard for anchor lights.

As a sailboat person the power required to run lights at night is always a concern. But with the advent of cheap LED lights it is now possible to light up more of our boats and become more visible using less power than one halogen anchor light used in the past.

A bit off topic I admit, but I was unwilling to read 200+ pages to figure out how the front end of the process works.

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Re: USCG Navigation Rules Updated

I'm fairly certain the requirement regarding the bell has been in effect for at least two years, because when I bought my boat (40') that was so

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