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Always sad to see that. Dolphins and sea turtles popup on the FL coast.

On a SERIOUS side not, and no I am not being a smart a$$, if you hit that whale, say 7 knots, obviously you would do some damage... but would it be that much??? As soft as they are, it would seem to be "un-severe"?

Yes, I have read the stories about people hitting whales, but how many of those were where the whale nails the boat versus the other way around?? Is the damage really to the bow?


I guess it would do damage... just seems a little over stated to me.
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A member of our club a couple of years ago sailed past a sleeping whale. While doing so it awoke and immediately doved only to go under the sailboat and struck the keel. The boat took a bit of a shaking and the crew were scared Shi***less. They are convinced though that it was unintentional and they had a story to tell afterwards. We get a lot of whales, number of orcas, some blue sharks and large Sunfish. We occasionally see a leather back sea turtle as well.
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CD, Brasil One on its qualifying trip from Brasil to Cascais Portugal, hit a sleeping whale at 18 some knots. Off the Portuguese coast some 100 miles

They hauled the boat out of the water, and for a weak boat as a Volvo racer, nothing ever happened, or was damaged. The crew inside suffered injuries due to sudden stop.

I sopke with Torban Grael, the skipper, when they were in Cascais training, and he said the stop was violent, but "softish", I guess. He could not say if whale was killed or not. But must have gotten injured. The boat "rode" over the whale and the keel hit it.
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Read the attached news story on a fishing boat sunk by a suspected collision with a whale in the Atlantic off Delaware Bay. Both the whale and the boat where in the wrong place at the wrong time.

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/p...NEWS/701230319
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There used to be a semi-playful, semi-psychotic Orca in the Inner Passage, which was eventually killed by a large fishing boat.
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I think more than anything else, the idea of striking a whale or container offshore, is the most fearsome to me. Storms you can try to predict and avoid. But a collison of this sort is simply dumb luck.
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Whales sometimes do retaliate if they're hit... so that is probably much worse than hitting a container...which once hit will generally leave you alone.
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Jotun,

That may be true, but the odds have to be astronomically small. I would be much more worried about the container than a whale (as the container really does not give much). I guess boat can do damage. But like I said, I have seen ONE whale in all my years of sailing. Granted much of that is in the warm waters of Florida... but still! I have seen more manatees than whales.
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Always sad to see that. Dolphins and sea turtles popup on the FL coast.

On a SERIOUS side not, and no I am not being a smart a$$, if you hit that whale, say 7 knots, obviously you would do some damage... but would it be that much??? As soft as they are, it would seem to be "un-severe"?

Yes, I have read the stories about people hitting whales, but how many of those were where the whale nails the boat versus the other way around?? Is the damage really to the bow?


I guess it would do damage... just seems a little over stated to me.
It seems like you most often hear about it with fast, light racing sailboats.
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I agree. I guess they are so fast the whales cannot get out of the way? I am not a marine biologist, but I imagine they would just assume avoid a collision as we would.
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