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Re: Close call! Who had rights?
Really?? I would think the big white sails would be a pretty good indication the vessel was under sail
The test is whether or not you are "operating mechanical propulsion". Engine on, you're a power-driven vessel. Doesn't matter what you have hanging from your sticks, or whether or not your transmission is engaged.
And I suspect that shutting off the engine just before the collision would probably NOT make you a sailing vessel in the eyes of the admiralty court.