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Re: Close call! Who had rights?
Under Rule 17 If the engine was running, and CAPABLE of attaching to a propeller, then you are a power driven vessel at the touch of a control. And therfore CAPABLE of maneuvering as one, and avoiding collision as one.
A "SAILING VESSEL" has no other means of maeuvering EXCEPT by wind in a reasonable amount of time to prevent a collision. (IE if it HAS an engine that is off, it will take several minutes to start, and warmup to engage prop, probably too late for collision).
That's what I thought (see my previous post.) If I can be proven wrong I'll gladly stand corrected and chalk it up as a learning opportunity. But CapnBill, if you can point me to something in writing to confirm what we both said, I'd appreciate it.
And David, thanks for the heads-up on that book, looks like the kind of thing I'd like.