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Old 08-18-2016, 05:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Time Machine View Post
No, 30 years of experience means nothing if you don't have boat handling skills or knowledge of right of way. The original poster should not have approached close enough to the right of way boats to have any issue whatsoever. Sail boats have sails on them, and you can spot them from a pretty good distance, and they zig zag around to get up wind; anybody that knows anything about boating knows this. I'm pretty sure that the original poster is driving a small boat with adequate maneuverability in the vessel that, given adequate boat handling skills, it could stop or avoid.

Really, the rules are the rules. It looks like that original poster has some issues handling his boat, and on top of this there is some feeling that because the power boat is bigger, he has some sense of entitlement to be excepted from the rules.

Plus, it's not cool to think of children as flys, or Nazis.
So by this notion, when there are 10+ sail boats going up and down wind in a narrow channel, they have exclusive rights to the entire channel. If you can't stay far enough away you just can't go out that day?
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