Originally Posted by steel
I've been wondering, and maybe smallboatlover has been to, is what if you are a sailboat with sails down and engine off sitting there during the day. If you are anchored they have to avoid you, but do you have to put up some kind of symbol to show that you are anchored?
What if you are not anchored but are sitting there with zero wind not moving at all, and you look like you are anchored but are not, do they have to avoid you?
Also, since sailboats can't always maintain the same course and speed, how do you handle that? Just do the best you can and you won't ever be at fault?
Anchored vessels may have to show a ball in the fore triangle during the day; at night a 360 white.
If your sails are up, you may be considered not under command, but you need to show 2 balls in the rigging if over 12 meters. If your engine is operational you are NOT not under command.
If you sails are up, you would not look like you are anchored.
In the end, you could be found at fault. Marine accidents tend to have shared responsibility.
You would be considered underway.