Originally Posted by Jim Cate
Carsten, I must admit curiosity: how do the policing agents know that you have your propeller
engaged when they fine you? Seems a bit hard to prove in many cases... Just wondering...
There's a well-known bridge in Germany
where the police lie in wait, similar to the stereotypical cop behind a roadside billboard, to fine the unwary sailors that motorsail without displaying the correct inverted cone dayshape. There's usually good wind
until you get to just before the bridge, when it dies down; once past the bridge there's good wind
again. So usually sailors will keep the sails
under the bridge, and then continue to sail. Unless they don't display their dayshape, in which case they get delayed while the Wasserschutzpolizei check paperwork and issue a fine.
Here in the Caribbean
all of the professionally skippered boats display anchor
balls. I enjoy doing it as well and always display my black round dayshape at anchor, just for grins - and have been asked by other sailors why I hoist a radar
reflector when at anchor... I've also displayed the inverted cone when motorsailing, but that's too much work here.
It is funny
to look at those massive cruise
ships and see that they, too, put up a dayshape when at anchor, the round ball looks miniscule but is probably huge!