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Re: You are NOT "FISHING"

Originally Posted by jackdale View Post
As I indicated to Paul, if you believe that you are within the definition, show the appropriate dayshapes or lights. If there is an incident, the courts will decide, as a friend in the Safe Boating Office told me. The court will usually apportion responsibility rather than having just one guilty party.
Well, I don't fish. The issue is that the COLREGs should be clear enough so that any weekend warrior with a fishing pole doesn't believe he is the stand on vessel. I'd write "has the right of way" but don't want you suffer aploplexy. One has to actually read the rules to understand that lines from rods and reels don't count. And the rules don't cover all the apparatus being used today. A clearer defintion is needed.
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