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Old 04-30-2013
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Re: You are NOT "FISHING"

Originally Posted by T34C View Post
Risked lives? If the sailboat was just drifting along I doubt any collision that did more than mar the paint was possible.

If you could factor out the Sail v. Power portion (you can't, but...) I would think a commercial vessel, pursuing its livelihood, with some degree of restricted movement, would/should have rights over a recreational vessel out for a fun day on the water.
There are no references to "commercial" in the ColRegs.

I tend to avoid getting into a rick of collision situation with the guys who are trolling.

"would/should" is trumped by the ColRegs.

In reading the perspectives of professional mariners they wish the recreational sailors would abide by the Colregs so that they maneuvering is predictable.
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