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I do the same, and agree with you completely. But the statement I corrected was that the regs state such and such, which is not the case.

However there's very little satisfaction in being posthumously in the right

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That's all fine and dandy in a book. But on the water, I generally assume that ships either can't see me, or can't maneuver quickly enough to avoid me if they can see me, or just don't give a rat's a$$ about little sailboats. In other words, I pretty much assume that I'm as good as invisible and stay out of their way as much as possible.
And/or stay in radio contact with Big Bertha Ship. When making course changes, make them obvious.
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MarkSF,

I was not quoting the Nav Regs, I was giving a general interpretation, albeit very brief generalization, of how to think on the water. The link to the Nav Rules was previously posted so I saw no reason to quote the Rules. As for the commercial part, yes you are correct, but again, just trying to give the OP a sense of what's on the water. If you think about it, how many of those large vessels are not commercial? If I had thought it was that much of a deal, I would have pulled out the Colregs from my masters pouch and given an on line course in the Rules of the Road.

Let's all be friends and not nit pick over giving anybody safe advice when on the water.
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Practice the "big boat rule". Give way to large ships unless you want to relive PT109.

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At least in the northeast, if you call in to the USCG and tell them you see a white strobe light, they'll consider it as distress signal and send out a boat.

And if you're not in distress, well, you know what happens when you make mamma come up there to stop all that noise.
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I was not quoting the Nav Regs, I was giving a general interpretation...
You said that "according to the regs" the larger ships have the "ROW" (by which one can only assume you meant Right Of Way). Perhaps the next time it would be best not to say things like "according to the regs" if it is not your intention to quote the regs.
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Thank you so much, I sit at my computer corrected again. I appreciate all of your comments for pointing out the errors in my response postings. In the future I'll try to remember that I have to be very careful as to how I word all responses. I'm definitely learning something new every day.
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