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Re: Recreational Sailboat vs. Tugboat with Barge: Who Has the Right of Way? - See mor
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Rule 2b. “in construing and complying with these Rules, due regard shall be had to all dangers of navigation and collision, and to any special circumstances, including the limitations of the vessels involved, which may make a departure from these Rules necessary to avoid immediate danger.”
The law professor ended with "sailboat operators need to stay diligent around commercial vessels and take steps to avoid collision when it appears that the commercial vessel will be unable to stay clear."
Law of gross tonnage. Same thing.
"Stand on" and "give way" are not absolute values, they respond to circumstances. Yes, we need to know the COLREG rules and act in ways that are consistent and predictable. That also includes a healthy dose of common sense. In short, this is a place where law and common sense agree - get out of the way of the big guys.
Last edited by Scotty C-M; 04-09-2015 at 07:15 PM.