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post #41 of Old 11-01-2012
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Re: Close call! Who had rights?

Originally Posted by wise4 View Post
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.
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