Originally Posted by Kendarflugen
I agree the downstream boat has the right of way.
if two boats are running, the boat downstream has the right of way. it makes sense, right? because the guy facing downstream can't see the guy closing in on him. So the guy upstream has to control his boat so as to avoid the fellow downstream.
once he eddies out, then boats making downstream progress have the right of way. so the boat in the eddy has to watch out for someone running the rapid. again: makes sense! the guy in the eddy is theoretically "still" and safe, while the other guy's momentum is harder to check and change course.
I've had both happen to me. I got run over by a raft from behind (I was in a kayak), and in another instance, a raft eddied out without looking upstream and I ran right under the raft. that sucked.
no sense getting pissed off. there's a reason we call rafts "barges". They aren't as maneuverable, so kayaks (when properly controlled) can usually run around them.
in the story that started this thread, the guy behind the guide was in the wrong. he made a mistake, friend. it happens.