Originally Posted by chucklesR
You have far more experience than I do - do you agree with my interpretation above or am I being extreme?
It can be a case of assume the worst, hope for the best.
I have been overtaken at night in Georgia Strait by a fish boat that clearly did not see me, I had to alter course to avoid to being run down.
Remember Rule 17(a) (ii)
Rule 17- Action by Stand-on Vessel
(a) (i) Where one of two vessels is to keep out of the way, the other shall keep her course and speed.
(ii) The latter vessel may however take action to avoid collision by her maneuver alone, as soon as it becomes apparent to her that the vessel required to keep out of the way is not taking appropriate action in compliance with these Rules.