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Re: Recreational Sailboat vs. Tugboat with Barge: Who Has the Right of Way? - See mor
A few weeks ago in San Francisco Bay near the Port of Oakland, a pilot boat with a container ship kept blasting his horn over and over. There were lots of sailboats around, but apparently one was giving him real fits. About 10 minutes later he was on the radio calling CG requesting that they inform the skipper about the need to get out of the way. Though I'm sure the pilots would enjoy running over some of these boats, it's just too easy pickings. The real challenge is to NOT run us down.
I am sure they would prefer not to run you down. Eventually, they would have to stop or slow down and it would, no doubt, create extra paper work for them.
For anyone considering "challenging" them because you think you have the "right of way", I suggest you make sure your will is in order.