Also, remember that the ultimate responsibility is to avoid a collision if at all possible. It doesn't really matter who has right of way—both parties have a responsibility to avoid collision under COLREGS. In some legal cases, the party that had "right of way" was found to be responsible financially, since they did not take appropriate action to avoid collision.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.