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Yep. And it's not just powerboats. I had to tack to avoid a same tack, windward sailboat on Labor Day on Lewisville Lake.

The more polite boaters around here tend to give way even when stand-on. That's nice of them, but they don't realize the stand on boat has a responsibility to behave predictably. And the rude boaters just assume everyone else will give way. The local authorities pretty much ignore it unless a collision occurs.
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Do yourself a favor and automatically assume every other boater's a total moron unless proven otherwise while you're on the water.
Good advice as I demonstrate the validity of this premise on a disappointingly regular basis.
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Yeah, stinkpotters are the worst. Out here, the bigger they are, the more arrogant they get. This is a picture of the channel to my marina in Alameda with a pair of them thinking they “own” the whole channel (and I'm not talking about the "little" guys in the foreground either

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SmackD,

I can't rip ya a new one. In fact, I think you're cool.
Your story has snit loads of BFS - to me. Thanks.
I read your story and it sparked interest. I thought your comment, about right of way, was .....something worth talking about.
It's killin me to tell you this:
I think you contribute huge value to this thing (blog, thread, ?). Your comment about getting into a situation (or whatever you want to call it) because other stuff was going on - is, uh, well, a thing. 1+ .
My point was this: the idea that sailboats always have a "right of way" over power vessels is.....well, it ain't that simple.
I appreciate your consideration, and knowledge, of the rules.
I guess I gotta reply and keep this going? I'm not sayin you did any wrong. I'm not trying to argue the exact situation. I am trying to let guys know (those that care) that there are a bunch of rules and it's not just "I have right of way 'cause I'm sailing."

I'm thinking your sayin rule 5 might be a thing (both boats)?
You didn't quote rule 17a,b. You did mention altering course (tacking), and then being concerned about a collision with the other guy?
Again, since you're into it, "right of way" has a specific meaning. The phrase is not used in any of the relevant rules. If you're gonna quote a bunch of stuff, please include the stuff that actually matters.
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I guess you get that "right of way" is not the same as "stand-on"?
Sailboaters are way smarter than stinkboaters. We all know that.

By the way, most of your babble is good. Some of it ("right of way" , what that means, where it applies) is, uhm, not that cool.
You mentioned rules that do not apply. Tell us all the rules that include "right of way" (rivers, downbound). The annex thing is ridiculous - read it.
Help me out here. I respect your knowledge, learning, sharing, teaching, etc.
Wanna start a rules forum? A start could be about the specific meaning of terms/phrases. Does anyone care?
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SmackD,

I can't rip ya a new one. In fact, I think you're cool.
Your story has snit loads of BFS - to me. Thanks.
I read your story and it sparked interest. I thought your comment, about right of way, was .....something worth talking about.
It's killin me to tell you this:
I think you contribute huge value to this thing (blog, thread, ?). Your comment about getting into a situation (or whatever you want to call it) because other stuff was going on - is, uh, well, a thing. 1+ .
My point was this: the idea that sailboats always have a "right of way" over power vessels is.....well, it ain't that simple.
I appreciate your consideration, and knowledge, of the rules.
I guess I gotta reply and keep this going? I'm not sayin you did any wrong. I'm not trying to argue the exact situation. I am trying to let guys know (those that care) that there are a bunch of rules and it's not just "I have right of way 'cause I'm sailing."

I'm thinking your sayin rule 5 might be a thing (both boats)?
You didn't quote rule 17a,b. You did mention altering course (tacking), and then being concerned about a collision with the other guy?
Again, since you're into it, "right of way" has a specific meaning. The phrase is not used in any of the relevant rules. If you're gonna quote a bunch of stuff, please include the stuff that actually matters.
Basically (and informal)
I guess you get that "right of way" is not the same as "stand-on"?
Sailboaters are way smarter than stinkboaters. We all know that.

By the way, most of your babble is good. Some of it ("right of way" , what that means, where it applies) is, uhm, not that cool.
You mentioned rules that do not apply. Tell us all the rules that include "right of way" (rivers, downbound). The annex thing is ridiculous - read it.
Help me out here. I respect your knowledge, learning, sharing, teaching, etc.
Wanna start a rules forum? A start could be about the specific meaning of terms/phrases. Does anyone care?
Safe sailing,
Max
Heh-heh. No worries dude. As long as most of my babble is good...I'm golden.

As for rule 5, yeah, I'm busted. That was the point of my post above. 17a/b, however, are a stretch. Technically, these could possibly be claimed by Bonehead, however, we were sailing in a narrow channel, and therefore unable to hold course due to hazards - so he'd NEANDERFAIL that one too.

Go over to the Seamanship forum here:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/seamanship/

And start a new thread on Rules. I think it would be a great discussion. I did a quick search and there are quite a few threads about specific questions - but nothing I could quickly find with a top-level reparte.
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Yeah, stinkpotters are the worst. Out here, the bigger they are, the more arrogant they get. This is a picture of the channel to my marina in Alameda with a pair of them thinking they “own” the whole channel (and I'm not talking about the "little" guys in the foreground either

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That's just plain scary! I'll stop whining about "big boats".
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And they’ll only get worse. The port has already widened and dredged (to 50’ feet) the estuary in anticipation of the “super” container ships as soon as the recession ends. The prop suction & wash from these ships are tremendous and you have to mind your helm carefully so you don’t get drawn into them. The trick is to be able to get around them while they are turning around. As this picture shows, there isn’t a whole lot of clearance once they get perpendicular to the channel.

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And they’ll only get worse. The port has already widened and dredged (to 50’ feet) the estuary in anticipation of the “super” container ships as soon as the recession ends. The prop suction & wash from these ships are tremendous and you have to mind your helm carefully so you don’t get drawn into them. The trick is to be able to get around them while they are turning around. As this picture shows, there isn’t a whole lot of clearance once they get perpendicular to the channel.

What a place to try and sail - talk about a wind shadow. I really have an intense respectful dislike for those steel islands. Dont be like Scrooge Mc Smackdaddy and have enough fuel for teh return trip.

5 short blasts on the air horn should make them move [ to the rail and laugh at you!]
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Those ships look small George, you otter see some of the cruise ships coming and going thru puget sound! I seem to recall the largest ship on the see is one of the newest cruise ships! These things are monsters compared to the 2-3 carriers the make PS home! Or for that matter, even the container ships that come to Seattle or farther south to Tacoma!

Was not following the other thread, but, yes these big guys can move quickly, silently too! I remember one of them turning in front of me to enter Elliot Bay towards seattle, man that puppy was quick! As are the Cruise ships when you see them south of me in seattle coming out of the bay, 15-30 min max, they are here! 5' swells and all!

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The largest cruise ship in the world is the Oasis of the Seas, but she is not the largest vessel (there are container or bulk carriers that are larger). I sailed past her when I was taking a sailing class in St Thomas. The cruise ship terminal was right next to the marina, and she was just leaving the dock as we pulled into our slip. That thing is HUGE!!! I got some fantastic pictures, but sadly my camera took an unscheduled swim while I was stowing the boathook after docking
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