response to Ellen M. about sail & distance
It's fine that you asked this question. In fact I'm glad you did, given what you read and cited. (I knew nothing on this subject till I went on the whale watch.)
What I stated here was my understanding of what the Captain said when we arrived at the whale watch site and unfurled the sail. Actually we had two Captains, he was a second in training, with the main Captain standing next to him.
I did not hear everything he said but I do recall that he said a boat with "SAIL, technically" and legally is allowed to get a little closer to the whales than power boats without sail. (We had power and sail.) I don't think he said how much closer, if he said it. I do recall he used the words "100 yards" somewhere in there. (I was nearer the bow of the boat and he in the stern at the wheel.)
I WILL GO to the Kona Style office tomorrow and ask about this. I'll probably print out what you said and show it to them. I'll be back and tell what I can find out - probably tomorrow but definitely this weekend.
I'm glad you brought this up, it's a good question. :-)
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