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Re: Recreational Sailboat vs. Tugboat with Barge: Who Has the Right of Way? - See mor
Call them. These guys spend weeks and months at sea so they are more than happy to chat about the crossing situation unless of course it is a special circumstance. Most tugs will have you plotted more than 12 miles out in open water. If you are meeting them in a VTS then kindly understand that they are somewhat restricted even though they may not have a christmas tree lit up.
I was crewing during the Master Mariner regatta on the SF Bay. We were about to cross paths with a out bound tug towing a barge. One of our crew hailed the tug on VHF to ask his intentions. I was stunned when the tug responded that he would maintain position, while about 15 beautiful old wooden boats sailed across his bow.
However, I assume had the tide been ebbing instead of flooding, this wouldn't have been an option.
Last edited by L124C; 01-28-2014 at 11:59 PM.