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View Poll Results: Can you legally sail solo single handed
Yes, as long as you use all available means to keep a look out 62 62.00%
No, all solo sailors are in breach of the Colregs 27 27.00%
The Colregs are intended for two handed sailors not one 3 3.00%
What's the Colregs? 9 9.00%
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Old 15-06-2015, 06:18   #316
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Re: All about the Colregs no 3 - single handed sailing and keeping a look out

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I wouldn't bet on that; they've got Braille on the pin pads at the drive through restaurant windows.


That's for people who's fingers are so fat that they can't see the button they are pressing

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Old 15-06-2015, 06:19   #317
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Re: All about the Colregs no 3 - single handed sailing and keeping a look out

What about autonomous or unmanned vessels? Apparently there is a DARPA project to build autonomous ships, and according to some news reports at least one unmanned ship performed a 42 day journey while in compliance with the colregs...

Autonomous Vessel tested at sea is COLREGs Compliant |

There is also an official EU sponsored program for unmanned ships as wel:

MUNIN | MUNIN – Maritime Unmanned Navigation through Intelligence in Networks

We might actually see unmanned cargo ships in the future.

This al got me to wonder a bit. Rule 5 says that you should maintain a proper lookout at all times. It does not, as afar as I can see, require the lookout to be done by a human.
What if one were to install a system that uses cameras (infrared and visual) and directional microphones to continuously scan the surroundings for ships. I could imagine that such a system would even perform even better than a human watch stander. Would a solo sailor, equipped with such a system be in breach of rule 5 if he goes inside and has a nap?

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Re: All about the Colregs no 3 - single handed sailing and keeping a look out

I'm sure we are talking about long distance solo sailors, at least 24 hours, where sleep is needed.

I voted yes. Maybe it is a bit like the 2nd amendment? When that was written they didn't have machine guns people could buy at the store. So maybe the college were written before single handing was as common as it is.

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