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Hi,

I just had a quick question. What is the exact definition of a motorized boat? If you have what is primarily a sail boat, but has motors as a back up that are rarely used, is this considered motorized?

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if you are refering to the rules of the road, then any boat using its motor for propulsion is a motorboat (Eg: when you drop your main, you''re a motorboat)

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Even more accurately, if your engine is ON even with sails up, you are considered to be under power as far as the rules of the road.
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I think the spirit of the rule is this:

Any vessel with propulsion machinery initialed, functional or not, can be considered to be "motorized".

Any vessel propelled by machinery is considered to be a "vessel under power" regardless of what else may be having an effect on it''s mobility.

Here''s a question for the land sharks out there:

If I''m sailing along, with my engine running, let''s say I''m charging my batteries but the prop is not engaged, legally, am I under power or under sail?
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I''m not an attorney, but I seem to remember a USCG class that said if the propulsion machinery is on, you are under power, even if the transmission is not engaged.

Too hard for other boats to tell the difference, I think, though you are supposed to show a steaming cone if you are using propulsion machinery to drive a sailboat.
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I believe the steaming cone is only necessary if one is motoring with the sails up.
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Ahoy motorheads, Pirate of Pine Island says iffin ye''s got a motor at all ye ain''t much of a sailor. First thing I did when I bought me boat was rip that stinking Ducati desiel, tank and prop/shaft out and promptly threw it in the canal. Damn things still leaking oil!! AARRGGHH.
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