Commercialism on our waterways is a necessity and the vessels engaged in this activity must be given some right of way, but when do they go too far with expecting others to be totally deferential to their intentions. I’m not talking about Ships–naturally they must be given special attention. It’s the tugs that I think take it to the limit and sometimes beyond. There is no reason that they should not use reasonable etiquette when operating around other boats, but I see them bully their way as if whatever mission they might be on is the most important thing happening. All too often it turns out their mission is to hurry up and wait, or just goofing off while they have nothing better to do.
I know the rule of common sense says to stay the heck out of the way of bigger faster boats, but sometimes a situation will develop where just a bit of consideration on the part of larger vessel operators could be the right thing to do; Personally, I don’t care how large a wake any of them make, it only bothers me that they act like you don’t exist and if you happen to be in their path–well too bad. This seems to be the case with large yachts as well as tugs and service boats. It really gets dicey where sports fishermen are anchoring to fish in busy waterways. Locally, most of the fishermen will only anchor outside of marked (buoyed) channels and ranges, but they are not beyond pushing it when the fishing is hot and there are literally hundreds and sometimes thousands of boats vying for the same fishing areas. Sometimes the Coast Guard gets called in and then it really gets interesting.
Anyway, it’s getting to the point where simply paddling past a large docking facility is a daunting adventure.