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Re: Recreational Sailboat vs. Tugboat with Barge: Who Has the Right of Way? - See mor
IMHO the law of tonnage trumps COLREGs. Rules don't matter if you're dead.
But, also IMHO the maritime law expert is missing the narrow channel argument. For a tug pushing a barge, I'd interpret San Diego bay as a narrow channel, and give the rights to the tug/barge on the push.