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Re: You are NOT "FISHING"

Originally Posted by jackdale View Post
You referenced Rule 26 yourself. The word "shall" is prescriptive.

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Yes, Rule 26 is prescriptive in requiring a vessel engaged in fishing to display the required dayshapes, but that is not necessarily the same thing as being definitive. For example, if a power-driven vessel is not displaying the proper lights at night, it is still a power driven vessel, albeit one in violation of the COLREGs. Likewise, a vessel could be engaged in fishing per Rule 3, even if not displaying the dayshapes per Rule 26.

Bottom line is that the definition in Rule 3 should be clarified. One man's defintion of "restricted manueverability" may not be another's. Rule 26 is pretty clear with respect to trolling lines, but it is not clear with respec to those outrigger boards, or whatever they are called.

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