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Also because I am certified and a "professional" there is likely a higher expectation of duty of care.
That would certainly be logical but there have been other threads and I've done other research and have not been able to determine any evidence to support this concept.
From the laws point of view the law is the law. You either followed it or didn't. Ignorance of the law is not a defense. So whether you are 100ton skipper or on your first sail on your first boat you have to follow the rules.
The converse of "higher expectation of duty" might be an allowance for inexperience.
I suppose that in some very specific cases if an accident happened and the 100ton skipper and the Newbie both broke the law the skipper may be hit a tiny bit harder but since collisions are almost always decided by assigning a percent of liability to both vessels it would be hard to know.
Experience is not supposed to be part of the process.
Of course if I mess up I still have my day job so from the career point of view you do have a higher risk.
I hear there is an Italian cruse liner looking for a captain. Not funny I know.
Last edited by davidpm; 01-30-2012 at 07:44 PM.