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No. Not when the yachts are crushing everything in their path.

The yacht above belongs to paranoid plutocrat Tom Perkins (a venture capitalist, trash novelist, and convicted manslaughterer--a triple threat!).

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  •  Perfect Cause th Smaller Boat Has the Right of Way (6+ / 0-)

    both under rules of the road, and the yacht racing rules, regardless of which tack the smaller boat was on.

    The megayacht is both the upwind boat and also is on port tack, the burdened vessel either way.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 05:29:00 PM PST

    •  I Have to Amend This. Small Sailboats Must Give (2+ / 0-)
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      oldpotsmuggler, salmo

      way to commercial traffic, and this yacht at 289' may qualify for right of way over small boats. I don't know though, for some reason I never thought to sail anything in this size range.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 06:25:23 PM PST

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      •  Nothing in U.S. Colregs about commercial traffic (1+ / 0-)
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        The regulations are for collision avoidance, not (as some boaters see it) "who has the right."   When collision is imminent both boats must take measures to avoid collision, although the 'stand on' vessel must not turn to port even if the 'give way' vessel is not following the rules.   (The whole point is to avoid the "dance of death" where you turn port, I turn starboard, you turn starboard, I turn port, and then we hit.)

        Boats must keep clear of other vessels with restricted maneuverability, which does mean most large commercial craft since they can take over a mile to stop and cannot make quick turns.  

         In some areas there are particular rules (not in Colregs, but Colregs specifically does not override local rules) about keeping 500 yards from ferries, naval vessels, and avoiding traffic lanes.

        The falcon was probably at fault in this one, but they can afford the better lawyers.    They really shouldn't have been sailing in San Francisco Bay, which is quite crowded.

        •  when i was in the auxiliary and taught (2+ / 0-)
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          eyesoars, WakeUpNeo

          boating safety - the rule was/is this:

          you have the right of way until collision is imminent...then you no longer have the right of way.

          more practically speaking - it takes up to five miles for a barge with engines in full reverse to come to a stop - you cannot put your sail or power vessel in front of one because you have the "right of way".

          forget the fine - figure out the recovery and burial costs instead.

          EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

          by edrie on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 08:33:37 PM PST

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    •  Situation turns out to be complicated (0+ / 0-)

      The Falcon had a professional San Fancisco Bay pilot aboard and they claim that they were gong to pass ahead by 100' and the other boat turned into them.

      However, the Maltese Falcon is so damn big that it may have essentially sucked the other sailboat in because of its huge sail area and the windshadow that it creates.   The professional pilot aboard probably didn't have much experience with huge sailboats and their effects on other boats, because very few people do.    You can see that the smaller boat is becalmed (I think, I'm a stinkpotter rather than a blowboater...)

      I like huge sailboats, let's start putting cargo in them and sailing our TVs from China rather than burning tons of very crude and polluting oil.    You never know, it might just work to sail one of these things across the ocean...

  •  That's a "Mega Yacht". (7+ / 0-)

    Anyway, rising tides only lift all boats if they have enough scope on their anchor lines.  If they don't, they drag the anchor or are set adrift and can easily end up being beaten and bashed on the rocks.

    Rising tides are not always such great things - especially for small boats.

  •  You could take the opposite point of view (1+ / 0-)
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    that if something fails to raise all (or most) boats, then it isn't a rising tide.

    A rising tide lifts from the bottom.  

    Politics means controlling the balance of economic and institutional power. Everything else is naming post offices.

    by happymisanthropy on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 05:50:36 PM PST

  •  A rising tide (8+ / 0-)

    only helps you if you have a boat.  Otherwise, you just drown.

    You may think that. I couldn't possibly comment.-- Francis Urqhart

    by Johnny Q on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 05:53:09 PM PST

  •  He sold that boat . (4+ / 0-)

    The yacht was sold in 2009 to Elena Ambrosiadou the founder of IKOS Ltd., the Cyprus-based hedge fund.[3]
    On 4 November 2007, in a 60 Minutes profile, Perkins suggested the yacht cost more than $150 million, but less than $300 million, refusing to be more specific.
    The Maltese Falcon was listed for sale in 2006 on, with an asking price of €99 million with engine hours listed at 1,890 hours.[5] Perkins sold the yacht for £60 million in July 2009.[
    £60 million = $99 million ?

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 06:17:54 PM PST

    •  Engine hours at 1,890. That's a 289 foot motor (2+ / 0-)
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      Mortifyd, JVolvo

      sailer, with the emphasis on motor. Other than on big, big water, can you imagine trying to control that thing under sail?

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 06:41:49 PM PST

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      •  ... (0+ / 0-)
        The yacht is easily controlled and has been seen to sail off her anchor and away from berths within harbors. The yacht's sophisticated computer detects parameters such as wind speed automatically and displays key data. An operator must always activate the controls, yet it is possible for a single person to pilot the yacht.
        The total amount of miles racked up by the Maltese Falcon has now reached a mammoth 121,000

        1,890 hours = 80 days
        If they do 500 miles in a day
        500 x 80 = 40,000

        The Atlantic crossing was the best one to date, as the seas were very kind to the Falcon. We powered along nicely with the max speed of 19 knots and an average speed of 10 knots. The distance travelled on this particular crossing was 4,250 nautical miles over 17 days, from the BVI’s to Valencia.  We sailed for 98% of the crossing and motored merely for docking purposes at Gibraltar for a pit stop of 2 hours, then on to docking at Valencia.

        "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

        by indycam on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 07:20:08 PM PST

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        •  Big harbor, anchor out. I should have said "dock (0+ / 0-)

          that thing under sail".

          But it does show progress for the human race. The ultra wealthy can now transport their sorry asses, in consumate luxury, all over the planet, at will (even if not overly rapidly), without having to pay for fuel. And all to no discernible productive purpose.

          There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

          by oldpotsmuggler on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 07:31:18 PM PST

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          •  If you can dock a smaller sailboat under sail (0+ / 0-)

            you can dock this big one also .

            But it does show progress for the human race.
            It was built after the dynaship concept, a 1960s invention of the German hydraulics engineer Wilhelm Prölss, which was intended to operate commercial freight sailing ships with as few crew as possible.
            Damon Roberts of Insensys, Ltd. was responsible for designing and manufacturing the DynaRig sail system of The Maltese Falcon in the Tuzla shipyard, Turkey. The design, testing and manufacturing of the system was completed over a three-year period. All aspects of the system were incorporated and tested to ensure that the design and finite element analysis matched the actual loads whilst sailing.

            Costing 80 million dollars, the DynaRig owes its origin to work done in the 1960s by Wilhelm Prölss;

            If shipping goes back to sail , this boat might be a big part of the r and d , iykwim .

            "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

            by indycam on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 07:56:46 PM PST

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  •  You can tell if it's a rising tide if (0+ / 0-)

    the smaller boats get lifted first.

    I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

    by Just Bob on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 06:57:47 PM PST

  •  A rising tide can flood boats that are aground (2+ / 0-)

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