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Re: Know the rules!
All points well taken...
In the end, it is all about accident avoidance. I know of a collision in Toronto Harbour where the "right of way boat" saw the offending boat approaching on a collision course. BANG! That boat ended up sharing the responsibility for the collision. (Read: the insurance company did not pay for damage to the boat!...)
I once came too close to a collision myself when a boat approached with 150% genoa obscuring his view of me and I was too complacent and should have changed course sooner for my own piece of mind. We were both on port tack, and I was down wind, but so what? With a large genoa like that we all know that scanning for traffic to windward is not easy and easily forgone for a minute or two! Shame on me! Never again!
Right of way rules are of course necessary and useful - but I think their application-to-the-letter happens only when racing. Otherwise, while we all leisurely make our way at something between 4 and 6 knots (unless in confined waters), we have time to make small corrections. I, for one, do not count on the other guy SEEING me in the first place, let alone react correctly.
Last edited by flandria; 07-13-2013 at 10:03 AM.