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post #18 of Old 10-09-2012
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Re: Close call! Who had rights?

Originally Posted by RichH View Post
You may 'think' youre not under command, your boat may actually be behaving as one 'not under command'; but, unless you have two red balls or two red lights aloft ... you're simply NOT 'not under command'.

In most such venues where boats are apparently drifting, the one with the current from behind/astern is the usual one that is considered 'privileged' ... but as a courtesy only and when not under Mississippi River or other 'inland river' Rules.
Good post. That apples to RAM and engaged in fishing as well.

Is there anything in colregs that specifies the colors of the balls?

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