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Re: Rule 23a question

Originally Posted by davidpm View Post
A sailboat can be any vessel with a mast and sails. A sailing vessel is specifically defined in Rule 3.

(c) The term "sailing vessel" means any vessel under sail provided that propelling machinery, if fitted, is not being used.
A sailing must must be using sails only as a means of propulsion. You can run the engine to charge batteries, cool the fridge, make water. But as soon as you engage the transmission the sailboat becomes a power driven vessel.

(b) The term "power-driven vessel" means any vessel propelled by machinery.
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