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When is a sailboat the stand on vessel in relations to recreational power boat?


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2015-04-09 00:13:11
2015-04-09 00:13:11

only when under sail alone and is crossing path of powerboat

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The question should be "When is the sailboat the stand-on vessel...? The answer is if the sailboat has an engine and if it is in operation, the sailboat is treated as a power boat in determining stand-on status. The right-of-way would then follow the rules for power boats.

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Only when under sail alone and is crossing the path of the powerboat.

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Only when under sail alone and is crossing the path of the powerboat.

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Generally speaking a sailboat under sail is the stand on-vessel (privileged) over a power vessel. There are important exceptions. A sailboat cannot impede a vessel that is limited in it's ability to maneuver (examples; a tug boat with a tow, a fishing vessel with nets, etc) A sailboat cannot impede a vessel constrained by it's draft ( that is it cannot move outside the channel because it will run aground) A sailboat under power is consider a power vessel and must obey the same rules as all power vessels. A sailing vessel may not impede a vessel that can only maneuver in a narrow channel or fairway. Please refer the link provided below.

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when the power-driven vessel is towing another boat and has difficulty maneuvering


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