Retired Naval Architect
Join Date: May 2012
Location: ON S/V Strider
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Re: Are You The Operator Underway?
So who is the "operator" when you have the autopilot on?
Both Canada and Connecticut stopped answering my phone calls and emails about that question without giving me an answer.
I later confirmed the Canadian position with a Transport Canada inspector over dinner. I asked her the autopilot question. She rolled her eyes and said that the idea of a recreational vessel having an autopilot was as incomprehensible to the legislators forcing these rules on them as a fish having a bicycle. The idea that someone might me navigating, looking at charts, watching the radar, while another person steered in a straight line was also equally outside their ken. As far as they, and many U.S. states are concerned, all recreational craft are outboard boats.
I hope I can find the article. The Connecticut situation is crazy.