Originally Posted by jimgo
TTC, I don't think a powerboater with the outriggers out and a few lines would be seen as having restricted maneuverability. PDQ said that a change in course can result in tangled lines that may take 10 minutes to clear, but that doesn't make him any less maneuverable. Contrast that to a fishing vessel towing 4-500' (or more) of netting with thousands of pounds of fish inside the net, let alone aboard the vessel. That set-up has restricted maneuverability.
True, as I stated he was definatly not fishing. The rules are about safety, and a few tangles have no bearing on that.
Based on the OP's description, yup he was a jerk; while I would try to avoid, I can't if I'm becalmed (something he could have seen many minutes before) and I wouldn't worry about it.
Racers should expect to have to dodge now and then, and fishermen should expect a few tangles and a few lost rigs. That's the way it's always been for me, and I'm OK with it.
FYI. One of my more memorable expereinces concerned a water skier that thought it was funny to cross my wake while fishing; he caught my rigs, pulled off all the line, and went on his way. I met him back at the ramp, hours later. He had been towed in after my steel leaders made a mess of his outdrive. Be warned cutting behind trollers!