A recent discussion between some of the schoolhouses has led me back to this forum seeking some feedback from the greater maritime community. I think this one is best posed as a scenario:
You’re out and gain another contact 045R at a range of 4 nm
Radar solution indicates a CPA of .2 nm
You hold the other contact visually and assess a crossing situation
You determine you are the give-way vessel
Operating in Open Ocean
No Hazards to Navigation
No Other Interfering Contacts
In general, if you alter you’re course to Starboard and pass astern of the other vessel (to avoid crossing ahead), at what range are you comfortable taking the contact?
I understand that there could be more circumstances that influence your decision, but in general at what range would you give-way?