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Know the rules during tall ships festival

Get a good look -- but not too close -- are the words from the Coast Guard as Duluth prepares for the tall ships event during the next five days. Special rules are in effect for those going out on the water to see the ships.

Get a good look -- but not too close -- are the words from the Coast Guard as Duluth prepares for the tall ships event during the next five days. Special rules are in effect for those going out on the water to see the ships.

Temporary rules for the Great Lakes prohibit all unauthorized vessels from coming within 100 yards of any tall ship while it is under way or moored. In the past, boats were allowed to be closer when a ship was moored but that isn't the case this weekend. Those with special permission only will be allowed inside the 100-yard zone.

The Duluth harbor near the Aerial Lift Bridge and in front of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center will be restricted to the tall ships and their escort boats.

While they are out there, Coast Guard crews will perform recreational boat safety checks and watch for people boating under the influence or operating in an unsafe manner.

Boaters can save themselves some hassle by following these rules:

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  • Always wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • Never boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Be aware of weather and water conditions.
  • File a float plan to let others know where you are going.
  • Have a VHF radio because cell phone services are unreliable offshore.
  • Be cautious -- do not exceed your ability to handle your vessel and be constantly aware of other vessels.
  • Observe safety and security zones while on the water. For additional boating safety tips and resources boaters can access the Coast Guard's Boating Safety website at www.uscgboating.org . For more information on the safety zone, refer to Federal Register (FR) Volume 78, Page 44014 of July 23, 2013.

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