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With one gold chain and one case of beer, you couldn't be much of a powerboater. Four of each and you have a good start.
"Go watch a sail race and see how they cut each other off, sail within feet of each other,...regardless of if it is prudent seamanship or not. "
Aside from the newbies and the fools, you seem to be unaware that racing is by definition NOT PRUDENT SEAMANSHIP and in fact is not governed by the same rules. It is governed by admiralty law, yes, but first by the appropriate Racing Rules (IRYU, USSA, etc.). This is often reflected in insurance policies which will state that all coverage is excluded if you are racing, for the same reason that auto insurance doesn't cover auto racers--on or off the track.
For two competent and experienced racing boats, following the racing rules, it is normal, prudent, and proper to overtake a boat with just enough room to slip a playing card between the two hulls. That's sufficient and proper and I've seen it done that way routinely.
I've also seen T-bones and other incidents when at least one skipper wasn't all that good at it. But that's racing, and the fact that it involves sailing, has really got nothing to do with sailing in general. As the rednecks in NASCAR sadly have taken to saying "If they ain't bumpin' it ain't racin' ". Well, I file that with 'professional' wrestling. Gentlemen don't bump.