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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.
Well said, my experience was in and outside of San Francisco Bay for many years, lots & lots of commercial traffic. My observations have been that if you get in their way, you WILL be run down, end of story, regardless of "The RULES".
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.
In most harbors that I am familiar with there is little to no room for commercial traffic to "Maneuver". For liability purposes, they might give you 5 blasts on the whistle/horn right before they run them down.