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    Re: lights and shapes
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2003 Jun 12, 11:06 -0400

    George-
     I have electronic copes of the USCG COLREGS, in HTML format (56kb, 2001 
    version) and PDF (1.1MB, 2003 version) which I would be glad to email to any 
    list members who want them. I would expect that the reason there are no 
    towing *requirements* for sail driven vessels are simply because sail driven 
    tow boats are no longer found on the high seas.
     Nevertheless, if I saw a sailboat showing the day shapes for "under power" I 
    would be even more astounded. They simply are not used in US waters, and I 
    don't even recall seeing them on the tall ships here for OpSail, including 
    our own USCG training bark.
     There is nothing however that would stop a sailboat from using the same 
    signals to show the same condition. Or, a simple flag signal. Of course flag 
    signals can also result in rampant confusion. Here the fuel barges all fly 
    the Bravo flag (Explosives on board, stand clear) but the racing boats all 
    fly a protest flag that looks remarkably similar and I'd hate to bet how many 
    sailors couldn't tell the two apart.
    
     On that, I have to agree with you. Even if you omit the last three words.
    
    
    

       
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