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Old 07-10-2008, 20:40   #1
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Maltese Falcon hit by sail boat???

San Francisco Bay - It's been an eventful Bay Area visit for the yacht Maltese Falcon. First sailing under the gate in glorious sunshine, then testing the mega-yacht's new submersible, and now, getting T-boned by what looks like a Perry-designed Nordic 40 named Stand By. At the point of collision, it looks in the photos like the Maltese Falcon is on a port tack, but then the other boat looks like it's head-to-wind. According to an eyewitness who prefers to remain anonymous: "Everything was cool, the Maltese was sailing well, and the sloop was sailing well, and then shortly before the collision, the sloop appeared to change course. I can't be sure, but it looked like the sloop may have tacked onto the collision course."

The damage to the sloop looks limited to the bow, while the Maltese Falcon has some damage to its topside, rail, and one of the sails was torn by the sloop's rigging. We'll let the insurance companies debate the COLREGS, but it seems you'd have to go out of your way to T-bone something as big as the Maltese Falcon, and "right-of-way" doesn't apply when one of the vessels is restricted by sheer size. On the other hand, might doesn't make right.

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Old 07-10-2008, 20:42   #2
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I wanted to put up the article first whats right? i just dont understand why you would keep going knowing that is in front of you.
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