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Old 07-01-2015, 10:54 AM   #72
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Frankly I find the concern over the definition of a trawler as a fishing vessel rather pedantic. Particularly so since trawler has been an accepted type of recreational boat for at least 40 years. I think that in the context of a recreational boating discussion, a boat that hauls nets for fish is a "fishing" trawler, while a trawler is a style of recreational boat. Context matters. Had I been interested in the attributes of "fishing" trawlers I would have posted my question to a pollock, cod and halibut commercial fishing forum.

When I was teaching I found the over reliance on definitions to be one of the biggest limitations to actually understanding the material. I always tried to get my students to err on the side of understanding concepts rather than spewing out definitions. That is all I have to say about that.
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