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post #64 of Old 09-09-2008
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Another part of the "avoid collision" rule is that you should do everything that you are capable of doing to avoid collision. The common maneuvers would be tacking/gybing/spilling sail, etc. But it also means that if your engine is easily started; reverse is part of your capability to help avoid a collision. So in the instance of two boats approaching on a collision course; starting the engine and running it in standby for an emergency maneuver should not be considered a sailboat "under power".

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