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Re: Close call! Who had rights?
Exactly how is the other boat to note whether or not the transmission is engaged?
If I can see exhaust and water from the stern so I know the motor is running and therefore it's a motor boat, simply knocking it out of gear does NOT enable a skipper to say I'm a sailing vessel and have right of way.
Rule 14 applies here, two POWER driven vessels meeting head on, both turn to the right. No restrictions had been posted.
Rule 17, everything to avoid a collision, not play legal games.
I really don't care about the responses you got via email.
The ONLY thing that defines that a sailboat is 'under (engine) power ... the sailboat is flying an inverted CONE in the rigging or the 'steaming light' is on at night.