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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
802 AM EDT Tue May 21 2024


The National Weather Service in partnership with the National Safe
Boating Council has declared May 18 through May 24 2024 National
Safe Boating Week to help promote safe boating practices across
the Great Lakes and on inland lakes and waterways.

Today`s topic is navigation rules of the road. Do you know what to
do when approaching, meeting, or overtaking another boat? Before you
take your boat out on the water this season, it`s important to know
the nautical rules of the road.

The nautical rules of the road are the navigation rules for
preventing collisions on the water. Knowing the nautical rules of
the road is important for all boaters. Knowing what to do when
meeting, crossing, or overtaking another boat can prevent costly
damage to your boat, personal injury, or even loss of life. Whenever
you believe there is a risk of collision you should slow down, stop,
or steer away from the situation as described in the navigation
rules. Maintaining a proper lookout and a safe speed are all a part
of the navigation rules and should be an important part of your boat

Take some time to learn the nautical rules of the road this summer
and ensure safer boating for you, your family, and the other boaters
on the water.

For more information about boating safety visit and