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jimh posted 06-03-2015 11:42 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
In the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), a provision exists that requires commercial vessels to carry paper charts. The applicability of this regulation is set out in SID=734edf7b8e2118ea5d9318dff6d871c1&rgn=div8&view=text&node=33:

and the actual regulation appears in SID=734edf7b8e2118ea5d9318dff6d871c1&rgn=div8&view=text&node=33:

The affected vessels are (with some exceptions) "self-propelled vessels of 1600 or more gross tons." The charts are defined as:

...published by the National Ocean Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or a river authority that—

(i) Are of a large enough scale and have enough detail to make safe navigation of the area possible; and

(ii) Are currently corrected.

The regulations also require additional documents, such as the U.S. Coast Pilot and Coast Guard Light List.

I am looking for regulations affecting recreational boats. So far, I have only found one reference, which requires recreational boats longer than 12-meters to carry a copy of the Navigation Rules.

Are there any federal or even state regulations for recreational vessels that require carriage of navigation charts?

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