I used to crew for a captain who felt like he owned the sea. Brit, classic yachtie type. He used to pull this stuff in NY harbor, especially around the cruise ships. I think he liked the idea of being in people's pictures.
Used to scare the *&^% out of me.
Law of gross tonnage was the first thing I taught my son.
He's lucky he's alive to see a courtroom, stupid bastard. I tell you who isn't far behind some in the sailing community are kayakers. Jeez, if I had a buck for every 'yaker I didn't see and almost mowed down in my BHM... "Where the eff did that guy come from....!"