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Re: You are NOT "FISHING"
It's not the judge that would matter.
It's what I'm doing right then and there when your fragile little sailboat is CBDR with my larger and more powerful gas guzzler.
I'll sit there and yell at you (as in the OP's story) and insist I have the "right of way" -- because I read somewhere that boats fishing (as I am) have the right of way. And I don't want to reel my lines in and can't really turn without tangling them.
My point is that the rules aren't that plain or clear to the casual mariner and can and are interpreted however benefits them -- so I fault the rules partly.
If anyone reads the rules they will know that ROW does not apply to any vessels except those cover under Rule9 (a)(ii).
The rules are very clear. I think that this may illustrate the advantage of taking courses from experienced, knowledgeable instructors who can explain the rules.
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