The story is that four drunks in a boat forced a Washington State Ferry to take evasive maneuvers to avoid hitting them.
What was interesting about the article was the comments section. It was largely a back and forth as to which rule applied. Was it a narrow channel? Special circumstance? do ferries on the regular run have special privileges and so forth. Here is a sample
Correct me if I am wrong, but according to marine rules I believe a sail boat under sail has the right of way over motorized marine traffic.
The ferry was required to maneuver around the sail boat not the other way around.
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