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Old 09 May 2005, 09:21   #11
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Originally Posted by codprawn
I was just being sarky.............
Fair enuff...

It always conjures up a mental picture of a sailing dinghy sitting in the wake of a ferry, with the skipper in the water barely floating, wagging his finger and shouting "power gives way to sail"...

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Old 09 May 2005, 10:13   #12
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I looked at the ferry and the sailing boat which is underpower (in this county, not sure of nativation in the US e.g laterals and navigation).


was the ferry - restricted by draft - dont know but would assume so
Was the Ferry - RAM - dont know but would assume so - some ferrys can move very well

However, if you treat as both power, then the ferry can see the green nav light of the sail both and the sail boat would have seen the red nav light of the ferry, so ferry has right of way

I think the sailing boat(of which i sail) was a cutting it too fine, i see this all the time. If something had gone wrong i dont see the get out plan.

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Old 09 May 2005, 21:35   #13
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think the rules over here are pretty much the same.
As you said the Cruise ship was the Stand -on vessel and the yacht the Give way vessel. The yacht had the choice to slow down and let the ship pass or alter course to starboard to pass astern of it.
Not as though you couldn't see this thing coming anyway
Also ship announced its departure On VHF and with horn.
(and yes rules of vessel restricted in ability to maneuver and constrained by draft did apply.)

One other rule that does seem to apply though is the "General Prudential rule" .It says "consider any special circumstances that may make you depart from the rules to avoid immediate danger"
So even if the saily thing thought he had right of way ;the above rule would suggest,'
"Get out of the #*##*** way, you are going to get creamed !!!! "
(well at least thats my interpretation of it )

cheers Dal

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