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Re: Give way when hoisting the main?

Isn’t it in the rules that an overtaking vessel must keep clear of the vessel being overtaken? Regardless of sail vs. motor? If so, then a vessel under sail should keep clear of vessels hoisting/dropping their sails? We get a lot of these situations in the Oakland Estuary as where the marinas are, the wind blows from the marina side and the Estuary is fairly narrow. My experience is sailing boats give room. People who are dropping sails also try to be courteous by not turning into the wind directly in front of another boat.
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