Join Date: Feb 2007
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The basket is passé, Or no longer used. If a fishing vessel they have two cones with apex together, looking like an hour glass.
A vessel can claim to be a fishing vessel if their gear restricts their ability to maneuver.
A vessel "Trolling" is considered to be a power driven vessel under the rules. Not a fishing vessel.
Rule 5: Inland & International; Requires that a proper lookout shall be maintained at all times.
So having your vessel on Auto-Pilot and going below to take a dump and grab a cup of coffee, without anyone on the helm puts you in the wrong every time. Something like Homer Simpson putting the RV on cruise control and going back to make himself a pot of coffee. "Duh!"
Wait! that does put you in the same class as Homer Simpson.
Last edited by Boasun; 09-07-2007 at 10:47 AM.