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    A few questions for the pros
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2005 Jun 14, 14:30 -0500

    On lake Michigan there are northbound and southbound shipping lanes on the
    charts from the north of the lake to various harbors near the south west of
    the lake.
    What are the rules/conventions as to how close to the lanes commercial
    traffic should travel?  For example, if a vessel is coming from a harbor on
    the east side of the lake (not charted with shipping lanes) to a marked
    harbor on the south west side of the lake, does she sail the rhumb line
    between to two harbors if possible, or first go to the shipping lane and
    then proceed?
    If coming south from the straits so there is no problem using a lane, how
    far off the lane may she wander?
    Also, is anyone familiar with the term, "Stand To."   Our boat owner used it
    during radio contact with a freighter when I noted us on a collision course
    (freighter was approx.5 nm off the charted lane).
    What he was trying to communicate was he intended to heave to and let the
    freighter stand on, but I am unfamiliar with this term.
    Any input from past or present professional/licensed members and others
    would be appreciated.

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