Re: Give way when hoisting the main?
If it helps you feel better, he looked like an idiot to the other sailors. Everyone gets a halyard or lazy jack tangled someday and we try to give each other room. I would feel stupid and rude cutting someone hoisting off.
That said, since you cannot maneuver when hoisting, good practice is to position oneself such that no crossings will occur even in the event of a minor snafu, even if that means waiting some time for clear water. You are in the position of asking for rights you aint' got.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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