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Who has the right of way?

The channel last weekend was a bit congested as you can see.
It reminded me of the Disney movie "Boatniks" from when I was a kid.
(Does anybody else remember that movie?)

Anyway, this is what it looked like.










The Searay guy gave me some looks as I powered passed him, but he looked as if he was going to crap his pants and was barely moving.

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Boatniks?????? Never heard of it. How old are you?

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I remember "The Boatniks" I recall scenes like that. I think I remember Phil Silvers and a submarine sandwich being launched by a submarine.

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the ones under sail of course.

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As to you and the Searay, the vesel being overtaken has the right of way. but given the traffic involved you're also likely in a special circumstances case where the RoR do not apply except in a more generalized way. Probably a new boat owner and unsure of what to do in a boat traffic jam.

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Right of way by tonnage. The bigger you are, the faster the little guys scramble to get out of your way!

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Not quite a hijack, suppose the searay guy was not moving, just remaining stationary and our intrepid TJK was attempting to get out of the channel since he's not worried about the price of gas..

Who has right of way - you are overtaking, but overtaking a statue

We get that a lot in our narrow inlets, newbie boaters afraid to make the move through a narrow congested cut with a 90 degree turn (Bay folks think Fairlee Creek for example). Sometimes the idiots stop at the mouth and gape and therefore become victims of the current.
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As to you and the Searay, the vesel being overtaken has the right of way. but given the traffic involved you're also likely in a special circumstances case where the RoR do not apply except in a more generalized way. Probably a new boat owner and unsure of what to do in a boat traffic jam.
Problem with this scenario is that this is a very congested channel, and I would always assume that not everyone here understands the ROTR particularly when overtaking. I also noticed in the images that there was another parallel line of boats heading out along side the pier which means that if anything were to happen that someone needed to avert a situation, things could become very dicey very quickly. IMHO, I probably wouldn't have overtaken the SeaRay, but throttled back and stayed in line, unless it became clear to me that my safe situation required me to overtake. Then I would give him a signal of my intention. BTW, this IS a very congested channel!!

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It looks like one of those sailboats thinks that dragging your ladder in the water might give you ROW.
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