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Re: Recreational Sailboat vs. Tugboat with Barge: Who Has the Right of Way? - See mor

Originally Posted by gamayun View Post
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.
Let's clear this up, no merchant marine officer or pilot ever would love to run someone over much less a collision with another vessel. We can lose our jobs for life, not to mention the mental trauma if life is lost from their action. That being said, if a sailboat or any vessel(fishing, trawling) is impeding traffic within a traffic separation scheme they are at fault. That is why they have those lanes so everyone has their own area to prevent collisions and traffic issues. If you aren't conducting business and/or have a draft that requires you to stay in the channel, you have no business being there.

-sent from sea via corked bottle
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