Oh yes indeedy, I "have not read the rules nor do you understand them." There you go, assuming, and we all know what that does, don't we?
No, it is much clearer YOU have never stood 80 feet up on the bridge of a vessel moving at 18 knots watching some idiot on a sailboat trying to get across your bow before he gets run down. Nor have you probably operated a tug and barge, watching some fool sail between you and your tow on a clear, sunny day.
Rules may very well be out there to cover every situation, but they do not cover the idiot who screams in panic into the radio (on ch 16) that he has the right of way as he is under sail, when both vessels are in a confined channel, because you are neither altering course nor slowing down.
You are obviously one of those who will be absolved of blame in the inquiry into your death, because you were following the rules when the situation required common sense, not a rule book.
Sorry, you and I will never agree on this one. Common sense trumps the rule book every single time.
Capta - you are correct. I have no experience on large commercial vessels
The vast majority of my 36,000 miles, 4 passages and 12 circumnavigations of Vancouver Island have been on sailboats and I have some mileage on powerboats.
On at least two occasions crews on ocean going vessels have mistaken my lights (sidelights and stern light) for a fishing vessel.
I also know that sailing vessels and others are not stand-on in TSSs, narrow channels and many harbours.
I do use AIS when available, I also use hand bearing compasses, MARPA and EBLs. I have also used VHF to communicate with tugs to sort out overtaking and cross situations. I also have contacted ocean fishing vessels to determine the location and depth of their nets.
You are also correct that the the rules do not cover idiots. I was concerned when I heard a sailing vessel challenge a tug and tow in Haro Strait which is a TSS. I have had stand-on sailing vessels alter course as I gave way putting us on another collision course. I have a port tack DDW wing-on-wing vessel I give the finger when I had to cut under his stern as he merrily went his own way. Power boats on auto-helm have caused my to alter course, luff up and take other evasive action.
That is why I am largely opposed to those who say read a book on sailing and just go. Education is essential for anyone who wants to play in the big ocean with big vessels.
For those who understand and apply the rules the oceans are safer, but no rule should be applied blindly. Of course, Colregs do account for idiots in Rules 2 and 17(b). Unfortunately that puts the onus on the crew that knows the rules.