Originally Posted by psneeld
The cones apply to just about every fishing boat except trollers, which get no special rules "privilege".
Part of the the Colreg reference Al put up is....
b) A vessel when engaged in trawling, by which is meant the dragging through the water of a dredge net or other apparatus used as a fishing appliance
, shall exhibit: (i) two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being green and the lower white, or a shape consisting of two cones with their apexes together in a vertical line one above the other;
(c) A vessel engaged in fishing, other than trawling
(i) two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being red and the lower white, or a shape consisting of two cones with apexes together in a vertical line one above the other;
So it would appear that whether one includes purse seining in the "trawling includes other apparatus used as a fishing appliance dragged through the water" category or in the "other than trawling' category, the two-cone marker applies to purse seiners.
The only thing the seiners in my photos missed is the part about "vertical line."
But I can understand why they did what they did, and I doubt anyone in authority is going to call them on it.