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    Posted: 06 Jan 14 at 9:31pm
The definition of 'Obstruction' includes "A vessel under way, including a boat racing, is never a continuing obstruction", but there's no definition of 'Continuing' in the rules. What distinguishes a continuing obstruction from one that isn't, and, in particular, what is the above condition trying to say?

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AIUI anything that isn't subject to a definition in the rules should be used in accordance with an ordinary dictionary.

Typically a continuing obstruction is something like a shoreline or other static object that, well, continues for some distance... In the casebook the only example is a shoreline.
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Thanks. I'm still left wondering why 'Definitions' goes to the trouble of pointing out that "A vessel under way, including a boat racing, is never a continuing obstruction." What would be the difference if it was? Why do we need to distinguish a continuing obstruction from one that isn't?

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Can't answer the last bit, but I have certainly been in a position where moored ships and oil rigs have been continuing obstructions. The rules are different, but offhand I can't remember how. Something to do with how you got into the situation in the 1st place.
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I reckon its always a good idea to go to the Case book with these things.
For example case 23, where three boats are alongside each other. If the ROW boat was classified as a continuing obstruction to the other two then port and starboard would be turned off between them (RRS10).

Then there's 117, which deals with a solid line of boats on a start line. If they could be classed as a continuing obstruction to boats behind then again port and starboard would get turned off, and the start line extraordinarily confusing for the second row...
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Here's where the electronic versions of the rules are handy.

I've just posted a set of links to rules, case books etc here.

http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/forum/get_last_post.asp?TID=11288

Running a text search through the RRS comes up with the following rules referring to a 'continuing obstruction'

18.1 When Rule 18 (mark-room) Applies
Rule 18 ... does not apply
(d) if the mark is a continuing obstruction, in which case rule 19 applies.

19.1 When Rule 19 (room at an obstruction) Applies
... at a continuing obstruction, rule 19 always applies and rule 18 does not.

19.2 Giving Room at an Obstruction
... (c) While boats are passing a continuing obstruction, if a boat that was clear astern and required to keep clear becomes overlapped between the other boat and the obstruction and, at the moment the overlap begins, there is not room for her to pass between them, she is not entitled to room under rule 19.2(b). While the boats remain overlapped, she shall keep clear and rules 10 and 11 do not apply.

And yes, a 100m jetty is a continuing obstruction, but a 1000m supertanker, if under way, is not.




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Thanks. I have an electronic version of the rules, had searched as suggested and had found the above paragraphs. What I'm missing is what distinguishes a continuing obstruction from one that isn't, and why we make the distinction.

I assume one of the the naval mooring buoys in Sydney harbour would be an obstruction, and with an aircraft carrier hanging off it, the whole thing would be a continuing obstruction. Does this mean we treat it differently in one case versus the other?

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Originally posted by SteveB00

Thanks. I have an electronic version of the rules, had searched as suggested and had found the above paragraphs. What I'm missing is what distinguishes a continuing obstruction from one that isn't, and why we make the distinction.

I assume one of the the naval mooring buoys in Sydney harbour would be an obstruction, and with an aircraft carrier hanging off it, the whole thing would be a continuing obstruction. Does this mean we treat it differently in one case versus the other?

What distinguishes a continuing obstruction from one that isn't, is the meaning of the words used in the sense ordinarily understood in nautical or general use (RRS Introduction, Terminology).

Agree a naval mooring buoy won't be a continuing obstruction, and, depending on the size of boat racing, might or might not be an obstruction.

Agree, the Big E, moored to a naval mooring buoy (or at anchor) will be a continuing obstruction.

Prolly the best way to start is to think about what definitely will be a continuing obstruction:  a shoreline, a sandbank, probably NOT an isolated danger, a rock or shoal.

Prolly a ship moored or at anchor, Maybe NOT a 30ft motorboat anchored or moored,

The distinction made is between an object that continues in space, and an object, such as another boat racing with right of way, which is not continuously large, but may, because of its movement, continue to be an obstruction for some considerable time.  See Case 23.

Probably the main reason for the distinction is the switching off of all mark-room entitlements at a mark that is a continuing obstruction:  Where a mark is a bit of Australia (or some other major continent, or sceptered isle), then all bets about who may or may not be entitled to mark-room, and any exoneration for not keeping clear or giving room, are off, and the outside boat must give the inside overlapped boat room in accordance with rule 19.2( b ), except in the very limited circumstances of rule 19.2( c ).


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All understood.

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So a 1000 foot supertanker steaming at rightangles to you would be a moving obstruction, but one going parallel to your course could well end up as a continuous one? It all depends upon how the boats interact with it?

When sailing parallel to the shore and a boat sticks its nose in, it used to be that the boat on the inside didn't even have to have room left and a protest put in after - after all, it could always stop or go backwards to stop itself running ashore. Is that still the case?
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