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The explanation for your friend's sage advice is if you sit to port you can easily look forward or to starboard...when you are operating as a powerboat those are the two areas when you will see and need to see, standon vessels.

If you sit on starboard...you had better keep looking behind you...

Since you shouldn't be assuming the other guy even knows the ROW rules let alone follows them..this advice is a little academic as you really need to keep a 360 degree lookout...but if you sit on port you will perform your obligations better.

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ROW rules ????
Is this with Oars or Paddles ???

Or do you mean Rules of the Road?

Been going to sea since Noah was a ShipWright and never heard of ROW rules....

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ROW rules ????
Is this with Oars or Paddles ???

Or do you mean Rules of the Road?

Been going to sea since Noah was a ShipWright and never heard of ROW rules....
FWIW my reference is to the "right-of-way" rules found within the NavRules, a term that appears many times in that text. If ROR moves your boat, great.

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The explanation for your friend's sage advice is if you sit to port you can easily look forward or to starboard...when you are operating as a powerboat those are the two areas when you will see and need to see, standon vessels.

If you sit on starboard...you had better keep looking behind you...

Since you shouldn't be assuming the other guy even knows the ROW rules let alone follows them..this advice is a little academic as you really need to keep a 360 degree lookout...but if you sit on port you will perform your obligations better.
Sorry, but that argument really doesn't hold water (pardon the pun). If we accept the premise that sitting on port allows you to better see the boats you should give way to, the corollary is that you have less abilty to see the boats that should give way to you, but might not. Regardless of which side you sit on, you have to know who is overtaking or converging with you.

Unless you're blind in one eye, I fail to see how sitting on one side or the other of a dink with your head facing forward provides a measureable difference. You still will have to check the area behind you with the same frequency lest ye' be smitten.

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I think one of the biggest issues with your friend is, he apparently knows, or thinks he knows, a piece of information that you do not, possibly involving your safety, and chooses to gloat and feel superior rather than tell you about it.

This is not someone I would want to go to sea with.

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This is not someone I would want to go to sea with.
LOL! Can you imagine being a captive audience on a boat with someone who's ego was dependent on how many things they could lord over you about? With friends like that...

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Unless you're blind in one eye, I fail to see how sitting on one side or the other of a dink with your head facing forward provides a measureable difference. You still will have to check the area behind you with the same frequency lest ye' be smitten.
This idea was not my advice...I just provided the answer to the OP's question.

That being said, when are driving you dingy thru a fleet of moored boats, when you have blocked visibility on all sides, sitting on part would be wise. The back of your head is a blind spot, we all occasionally get distracted or careless, and you will look last and less frequently behind you but continuously in front of you. If everyone driving a dingy sat on port, there be no accidents even when people are distracted or inattentive to a 360 degree lookout.

That said, I never thought of this practice until I read this post.

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Sit where you have the most control and feel safest for you and passengers.

Response to your buddy: "When you get your own boat, sit where you want, and I will do the same with mine".
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