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Old 04-04-2011, 12:49   #1
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Motoring Dayshape Required?

My 7+knot trawler has two steadying sails. I wouldn't (and the builder doesn't) classify the vessel as a motorsailer. The sails do not provide significant propulsion and I don't think it is incapable of going windward under sails alone due to the small sail area and far-forward sail-area center. The hull and superstructure is that of a motorboat although it has a nearly 4-foot-deep keel protecting rudder and propeller.

Might the USCG get confused if they saw this vessel with engine on and sails up and cite me for not displaying a dayshape?

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Old 04-04-2011, 12:59   #2
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Re: Motoring dayshape required?

The USCG may be confused, but no one else. BTW, nice boat.

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Old 04-04-2011, 12:59   #3
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Re: Motoring dayshape required?

When in doubt, e-mail the USCG.

Send them a picture of the boat and ask them. Keep the reply in your boat paperwork.

I'm 99.99999% sure it will be classified as power vessel, not sail. But you never know..
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Re: Motoring dayshape required?

What is the length of your vessel?

Rule 25 (e)
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A vessel proceeding under sail when also being propelled by machinery shall exhibit forward where it can best be seen a conical shape, apex downwards. A vessel of less than 12 meters in length is not required to exhibit this shape, but may do so.
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Re: Motoring dayshape required?

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I'm 99.99999% sure it will be classified as power vessel, not sail. But you never know..
The rule (#25) will be interpreted to apply to any vessel "proceeding under sail", not just to sailboats. Just as a sailboat that is under power only is considered a power boat for the rules, a powerboat with sails up will be considered to be "proceeding under sail and also propelled by machinery".

The Rules don't consider a vessel's original design or purpose. It is what you are doing at the time that counts.
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Re: Motoring dayshape required?

LOA of 10.888 meters. That answers the question. Thanks.

I've got the cone dayshape just in case I remember to put it up.
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very cool boat, Mark.
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