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post #27 of Old 08-13-2013
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Re: Give way when hoisting the main?

SeaLife - LOL! I love the surrender flag analogy.

And yes, I definitely steer clear of boats hoisting their sails, and make sure I'm well clear of other boats before I start to hoist mine. It's a given that something will go horribly wrong at the most inopportune moment.

It seems a perfect example of what is wrong with our entire tort legal system in the United States. Common sense and courtesy go out the window when there is a "letter of the law" involved. Regardless of the hair-splitting, it simply seems a matter of good seamanship to recognize another boat in a moment of difficulty, and obligingly respond.

Your ability to manoeuvre is restricted.

Plus you are waving a huge white floppy flag in surrender.
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