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Re: Sailboat creamed by tugboat and tow
Sometimes the tugs are lit up like a Christmas tree with deck lights and the like, making the two whites more difficult to make out. And the barge, with its typically fewer lights by comparison, can trick you into thinking it's a separate contact much more distant, and not of concern. Even though both are in reality "steady bearing, decreasing range".