I don't own a boat larger than a 12 ft canoe, however, I have 30 years experiene w/ powered vessels, hold a capt's license (Master of Towing Vessels), licensed for Inland waters, Great Lakes, and Western Rivers, presently work/live onboard for 30 days w/15 days off at home for good behavior, have sailed across the N. Atlantic, Med (including the Agean, Adriatic, and Black Seas, among others), the Gulf of Mexico, and Carribean (extensively).
It is illegal to anchor within the confines of a navigable channel.
Sailboats do NOT have the Right-of-Way in most meeting, passing, and overtaking situations when their engines are on the line (OTL).
Under the Heirarchy Rules, They only have some status when strictly under sail, in regards to their course and the direction of the wind!
Radios should never be operated in the high power mode unless high power is required to establish and maintain communications, such as during EMERGENCY communications!
Never let PRIDE or ARROGANCE let you violate the UNIVERSAL LAW of GROSS TONNAGE! The simple explanation of this law is: If you come into contact with a larger vessel while underway, the smaller boat will lose everytime, with the results being serious injury and often, DEATH! It's hard to enjoy life when you're laying on the bottom of a watery environment.
Learn, Love, and LIVE, the RULES of the ROAD! (1972 COLREGS)
I'll go to my corner now and behave.....