Rule2: the ordinary practice of seamen
Rule 5: Lookout
Rule 6: Safe speed
Rule 8: Action to avoid collision
Rules 9 and 10: Narrow channels and separation schemes
Rules 12-16: the everyday steering and sailing rules
Rule 17: Action by stand-on vessel
Rule 18: the pecking order
Part C -- lights and shapes
None of the above: We should obey all of them
Let's say that he was doing 20 kts, you 5kts and on present course you would pass 100 yds in front of him, which he thinks is too close. If he alters course 10 degrees then he runs bang into you.
One hull good, two hulls better.
The whole point is he hadn't seen you for those 8 miles and now he's mindlessly turning.
I agree it doesn't seem likely but if rule 17 doesn't protect you from that situation what does it protect you from? It's hardly there to protect you from vessels making an early and obvious change of course.
A "rule", however well designed, cannot, will not, never, ever, protect you. How can it?
I refer back to my "golden rule", stated earlier:
It resolves the conflict at a stroke. Take the action that you consider needs to be taken to assure your own safety, having due regard for 'rules' (whatever thay may be) but not permitting blind adherence to 'rules' to over-ride common sense. It's not hard.Never allow your safety to depend on the actions of others.
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'Cos there was nought on telly last night I pulled up the latest MAIB digest for a dose of schadenfreude and found this conclusion from a close encounter between a trawling fishing boat and a ferry
He had come to accept that the
ferries normally passed close. Therefore,
being the stand-on vessel and expecting
the ferry to eventually alter course, he
delayed his action until it was almost too
late. The Colregs tell us that action to
avoid collision must be substantial and
made in good time. There is no doubt
that the action taken by the skipper was
substantial, but it could have been taken
sooner. Guard against complacency –
expect the unexpected.