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Re: Recreational Sailboat vs. Tugboat with Barge: Who Has the Right of Way? - See mor
In open waters, the sailboat is the Stand-On vessel. If in a restricted channel or fairway and if the tugboat is going down bound with a following current, the tugboat would have right-of-way--Note: In this situation the tug-boat is NOT STAND-ON, she has RIGHT-OF-WAY--which is a big difference. If the tugboat is traveling against the current, then the sailboat must not impede the passage of the tugboat.
Colregs Rule #9
I once asked a merchant captain who has right of way a pushing tug boat or a sailboat?. He said if the tug doesn't display restricted to manuerve he is a powerboat, thus sailboat has right of way.
There isn't a device on this world that can measure the indifference I have for that statement.
Last edited by Yamsailor; 02-25-2014 at 04:57 PM.