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Re: Close call! Who had rights?
Good post. That apples to RAM and engaged in fishing as well.
Is there anything in colregs that specifies the colors of the balls?
Sure is ... REQUIRED Dayshapes and nav. lights are covered in Part C of the ColRegs.
Admiralty precedent clearly defines if that a proper dayshape or nav. light is NOT flown ... youre clearly NOT under the status that you 'think' you are; and, that includes having the proper dayshape or lights (and bells!!!) when anchored.
If you are anchored during daytime, do not have a black ball in the rigging and someone hits YOU .... you are guilty as a contributory
party to the collision.
I believe that there have been major awards following litigation where PWCs have hit anchor rodes, and the anchored boat was deemed partly responsible or 'contributory' because they were not flying the black ball dayshape.
Last edited by RichH; 10-10-2012 at 10:25 AM.