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.