Originally Posted by Dockhead
For purposes of determining whether you are give-way or not, naturally:
"(d) The term “vessel engaged in fishing” means any vessel fishing with nets, lines, trawls or other fishing apparatus which restrict manoeuvrability, but does not include a vessel fishing with trolling lines or other fishing apparatus which do not restrict manoeuvrability"
But you still want to take extra care in a crossing with any vessel with any kind of gear
in the water
, wouldn't you agree? It certainly influences how close you will be willing to pass behind!
It also says a lot about what the crew is concentrating on at the moment!
Yeah, this is one of those where I know it's gonna take me about ½-mile to make a 180° turn without seriously tangling lines and lures and so forth... so while that doesn't "restrict maneuverability" in the COLREGs sense... it's a lot of money
we've got submerged out there at any given time.
And we have an effective beam of about 150' and the longest line is usually 200-300 yards behind us.
IOW, I have to start any avoidance action way earlier than one would normally expect...
It's more difficult around here with all the small boat traffic. Other fish
guys generally know what's happening. Most others don't.
It would be slightly easier if recreational boats had VHF
radios. Turned on. Audible from their cockpit
. With somebody paying attention...
Much easier dealing with big ships...