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Re: Recreational Sailboat vs. Tugboat with Barge: Who Has the Right of Way? - See mor
For all encounters, I tend to think in terms of...
(1) open water or confined area?
(2) solo encounter or multiple potential encounters?
(3) time to point of closest approach vs. maneuverability of vessels?
(4) things that may change or be revealed? (likely maneuvers or steering changes, vessels that may be hidden behind other vessels, docks or marinas that may hide traffic),
THEN apply the appropriate rules in a manner that gives me the most safety and utility, and minimizes heartburn, unpredictability, effort, and unnecessary maneuvering for all concerned.