I love "Rules of the Road" debates. It always seems that there are multiple interpretations for each little dot, clause, subclause, and article.
Personally, I abide by the PRIMARY rule of the road: In the event of a collision, the kid with the biggest toy wins.
Debate the other rules all you like, and while you're at it, you can try to figure out how to explain to King Neptune that YOU were the stand on vessel.
Lawyers belong in courtrooms, I'll happily watch my own arse at sea.