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    Re: lights and shapes
    From: Steven Wepster
    Date: 2003 Jun 12, 18:13 +0200

    Trevor wrote:
    In short, I don't think the ColRegs help protect log impellers, save for
    Rule 2: "Nothing in these Rules shall exonerate any vessel [...] from
    the consequences of any neglect [...] of any precaution which may be
    required by the ordinary practice of seamen". In other words, people
    playing with small boats should know not to cut close under the stern of
    other vessels, while people choosing to use taffrail logs should know to
    recover their log lines before entering waters frequented by idiots who
    have never heard of the "ordinary practice of seamen" and the
    extraordinary expectations that it imposes on those who go to sea.
    and I like the phrasing of his remarks very much. Nevertheless, I think I
    will change part of my standard orders from "report anything moving, unless
    obviously harmless" to "report anything moving [unless...], and scare away
    any yachts that try to cross the log line". Standard equipment to effect
    the last part is the fog horn and some not very diplomatic words, and as a
    last resort the log line must me taken on board (with the possible
    inconvenience of tangling it up because it was taken in improperly).
    Steven Wepster                          wepster@math.uu.nl
                                            tel +31 30 253 1531
    Mathematisch Instituut                      +31 61 251 4380
    Universiteit Utrecht
    PO Box 80.010
    3508 TA Utrecht
    The Netherlands

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