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    Re: What Constitutes A 'Vessel' ?
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2002 Jan 13, 1:44 PM

    Rule 3a:  "The word "vessel" includes every description of water craft,
    including nondisplacement craft and seaplanes, used or capable of being
    used as a means of transportation on water."
    This seems about as broad as one can write a definition.
    My guess is that craft would have to be pretty wimpy (cardboard box, inner
    tube) - and therefore pretty incapable of inflicting damage on another
    vessel - before the courts would even consider that it might not fit the
    description given in Rule 3a.
    Lu Abel
    At 01:50 PM 1/13/2002 -0600, you wrote:
    >Sunday Afternoon
    >13 January 2002
    >I can't take anymore of this 'right-of-way' stuff. We've had sail
    >boats being mulled-over and now it's row boats. What is a vessel ?
    >If I go down to the Texas Gulf Coast and push-off into the Intra-
    >coastal Waterway (not likely) on an innertube (sp?) does that
    >constitute a 'vessel' and would I therefore be the captain ?
    >Normally my concerns about the rules-of-the-road begin-and-end
    >with bass fishermen and a few power boats when I'm out trying to
    >have a quiet sail on a lake on the NE side of Dallas. It sounds
    >much more complicated in the larger world.

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