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Old 02-27-2003
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Anchor Lights

“When, from any cause, the vessel required to keep her course and speed finds herself so close that collision cannot be avoided by the action of the give-way vessel alone, she shall take such action as will best aid to avoid collision.”

I love this one which in effect says that at the last second all of the rules and regulations get tossed out the window and the stand-on vessel has to avoid the collision. Now I’m sure some Philadelphia land shark could get his client off the hook with this little ditty, or at least lay some of the blame on some poor swab who was just trying his best to be by the book.

It all boils down to “The Golden Rule” which states that “The one with the gold, makes the rules”! (That’s why I try to avoid Marblehead like the plague)!

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