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    Re: Relative plotting vs Geographical plotting
    From: Joe Kliment
    Date: 2002 Jan 12, 10:37 AM

    To answer Brian Whatcott:
    >Interesting question about overtaking.
    >Do not the Rules of The Road essentially dictate overtaking on the
    >starboard side?
    "no"
    
    USCG Navigation Rules states:
    Part D-Sound and Light Signals
    One may elect to pass on either side of a vessel being overtaken
    providing that (Inland Rules) the overtaken vessel agrees in like to
    the intent of the overtaking vessel. This is usually accomplished by
    "whistle" signals and are required when power-driven vessels are in
    sight of one another. If the vessel being overtaken does not agree
    with the intent she shall sound the danger signal.
    
    >And if the overtakee is drifting to starboard, so that the likely outcome
    >is collision rather than passing, does this then cancel the overtaker's
    >intent?
    "no"
    
    Part B-Steering and Sailing Rules
    Section II-Conduct of Vessels in Sight of One Another
    Rule 13-Overtaking
    If a vessel being overtaken changes her course this shall not make
    the overtaking vessel a crossing vessel or relieve her of the duty of
    keeping clear of the overtaken vessel until she is finally past and clear.
    
    A vessel shall be overtaking when coming up on another vessel from
    a direction more than 22.5 degrees abaft her beam or at night able to
    see only the sternlight of that vessel but neither of the sidelights.
    
      Capt Joe Kliment       W3HZM
      Middletown, De
    "Right Stuff"
    

       
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