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Re: Sailboat and Powerboat collide outside Newport
With all the friendly banter between sailboats and powerboats aside, I've heard serious animosity expressed by many powerboaters that they need to give way. They literally don't understand they are more maneuverable, they have no idea what makes a sailboat sail. Add summer heat, cranky passengers, motion sickness, or whatever and some act out on their frustrations and get belligerent about their approach. They push the limits or play chicken. The jerk that crossed my bow on Sunday, played chicken and I backed down, even though I was stand on. Then there are those that are simply too stupid to know the rules.
The difficulty with any fines or imprisonment is that, by definition in the ColRegs, each party is responsible to avoid every collision.
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