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Finally, overtaking keep clear...
Originally Posted by Faster
.....If a running boat on starboard is converging and overtaking another running boat on port, the port tack boat is obligated to get out of the way....These are racing rules, casual sailors will not normally press these situations.
You guys are making me like a boating lawyer.
You are correct as to the racing rules, (with some adjustments...) but the racing rules only apply to racing sailboats, when racing.
Otherwise, rule 13 (a) applies Rule 13: Overtaking
stating the overtaking boat keeps clear, sailors out recreating should apply this rule, otherwise when there is a misunderstanding, the sailor who did not will bear the brunt...once again at least an irrated grimace...at worst the insurance liability...