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(a) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Rules [of Part B, Sections I and II / 4 through 18], any vessel overtaking any other shall keep out of the way of the vessel being overtaken.
(b) A vessel shall be deemed to be overtaking when coming up with a another vessel from a direction more than 22.5 degrees abaft her beam, that is, in such a position with reference to the vessel she is overtaking, that at night she would be able to see only the sternlight of that vessel but neither of her sidelights.
(c) When a vessel is in any doubt as to whether she is overtaking another, she shall assume that this is the case and act accordingly.
(d) Any subsequent alteration of the bearing between the two vessels shall not make the overtaking vessel a crossing vessel within the meaning of these Rules or relieve her of the duty of keeping clear of the overtaken vessel until she is finally past and clear.
I cannot agree with JRP that this could not have been an overtaking situation. I can imagine a situation wherein an overtaking boat could hit the overtaken boat in the bow. See (d) above.
JRP's comment "You were under power, he was under sail." is irrelevant. See (a) above - "...any vessel overtaking..." Emphasis added.
*His draft is not much less than yours,...". John, how much less does it have to be for the constrained by draft rule to come into play?
Don Radcliff, constrained by draft doesn't apply in inland waters?
For the purpose of these Rules and this Chapter [Inld], except where the context otherwise requires:
((h) The term "vessel constrained by her draft" means a power-driven vessel which because of her draft in relation to the available depth and width of navigable water is severely restricted in her ability to deviate from the course she is following.
Don, what “appropriate signal”? I cannot find any requirement.
"You are probably not affected by the narrow channel rule, because you are less than 20 meters long." Don, sorry, but I don't find anything more than this:
(b) A vessel of less than 20 meters in length or a sailing vessel shall not impede the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within a narrow channel or fairway.
Don, are you really serious that the “loss of wind” would have any impact on which vessel is burdened and which is privileged?
“…and he has only a limited space outside the channel before he has draft issues.” How is that jk’s problem?
JRP – “In an overtaking scenario, the faster vessel clear astern will collide with the overtaken vessel at the stern if corrective action is not taken.” Is that definition in the regs somewhere?
John- “Both boats were arguably constrained by draft,…” How did you come to that conclusion? jk was in the channel, the other boat was outside the channel!
NCC320 nails it with “Overtaking vs. Crossing Wouldn't that issue be defined by which sector the Laser was in...” and “If the Laser was near the limits of the 135 degree sector, he could still have a converging course that would intercept your boat on a collision course while he would still be the overtaking vessel.” See 13 (d) above.
Samw51 – “overtaking vessel only is give way if both are under sail. when one is a motor boat, the sailboat has row”. See 13 (a) above.
PLEASE – PLEASE - PLEASE
Before some of you crucify me, I honestly believe jk took the proper course of action, following the prime directive: DON'T HIT OR BE HIT BY ANYONE!!!
That said, why do we bother with all of the other rules? If some hot shot (maybe he wasn't) racer pushes and us nice folks all just yield, doesn't it then come down to the skipper with the biggest balls (usually) prevails?
Isn't this similar to the leap-frogging driver who races ahead when he sees a lane closure coming up and then barges his way into the open lane?
Again, I think jk did the right thing, BUT I most fervently believe the skipper of the other boat should be reported to the authorities.