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Since we've been discussing navigation rules a lot:
My boat lives in a marina on an inland lake. The path out of the marina involves a fairly long, narrow channel where I have a breakwater to port and shallows to starboard. We regularly meet incoming traffic head on. This traffic is mostly made up of small powerboat.
Rule 14 says we should pass port-to-port, unless otherwise agreed. But moving to starboard puts us uncomfortably shallow. There's no good way to agree to something else, and I doubt 1 in 100 of the power boaters know sound signals (most will just get mad at you for honking at them), and very few carry VHF. Many get agitated if I don't give them quite a bit of room (i.e. more than strictly necessary) between me and the breakwater.
How would you handle this?