Could not read the posting, but reading the nav pages I found this to be interesting! Not saying my little 28' boat falls in, but first thing that came to mind was how many performance boaters know about this? Please note: all vessels that are 39.4 feet or larger are required by federal law to have a copy of this book on their vessel at all times.
The “Rules of the Road”, which were enacted in 1980, are contained in a book called “Navigation Rules; International-Inland” COMDINST M16672.2D and published March 25th, 1999. You can download a copy of the rules from the USCG (http://www.navcenter.org./mwv/mwv_fi...s/navrules.pdf) or purchase it from either the US Government Printing Office or at your local marine supplier.
Every boater should be familiar with the “Rules of the Road”. Just as you are supposed to be familiar with the vehicle and traffic laws, you should be familiar with the nautical rules as well. "Ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it. . . .” Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Common Law (1881).
Please note: all vessels that are 39.4 feet or larger are required by federal law to have a copy of this book on their vessel at all times.