I'm wondering why a vessel engaged in fishing is not a vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver, especially since the definition of the vessel engaged in fishing points out that the used apparatus does in fact restrict maneuverability. It's also a bit confusing that it is not considered a vessel engaged in fishing when the apparatus does not restrict maneuverability (i.e. trolling lines). Does it only have to do with the pecking order?
A fishing vessel is a separate and different category than a RAM when it comes to the pecking order.
It is not the nature of its work that gives a fishing vessel its place in the pecking order but that its lines, nets, or trawls prevents its ability to operate within the guidelines of the Rules of the Road. Where a RAM is a RAM based on the nature of her work.
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