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Nav Rule Question on the Use of Radar on Sailboats

The Nav Rules state, "Every vessel shall maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision."

So, does this mean that the radar has to be kept on whenever underway or just when conditions warrant it? Since the radar is a large draw on the batteries when under sail, it does not seem reasonable to run it during the day, in good visibility, risking having all of the instruments down when they are needed. I would appreciate any clarification from those of you with a lot of experience in this area. Thanks in advance.
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