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Old 01-01-2013
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Re: Close call! Who had rights?

Sound signals and day shape regulations seem to put an undue regulatory burden upon small boats because everyone knows compliance is required under law yet no one realistically abides by those laws. It's obvious that MOST small boat owners do not know these regulations and will not in any near future. If common sense were in play, there would be a more realistic set of rules for small boats. This situation especially puts a burden on people who have obtained an OUPV or similar license because they are supposedly held to a higher standard and know they will not, in reality, comply with what is written as law. When is the last time you saw a sailboat with an inverted cone? Or a boat making proper fog signals? I've been out in pea soup many times and except for the big guys, have rarely heard a horn signal. When is the last time anyone heard a signal 1/2 mile away to indicate a boat's intention? It's just not going to happen and is downright silly.
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