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07-07-2013 09:58 PM
mark2gmtrans
Re: Video of a submerged object strike/boat sunk

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Originally Posted by Brent Swain View Post
That is why I wouldn't want to go to sea in any boat which was not made of steel . I met some Aussies in Nuku Hiva, in a steel boat from Darwin, in 73 who hit a whale west of Galapagos, in the night doing hull speed. No damage whatever; to the boat.
Titanic was made of steel....

07-07-2013 09:46 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Video of a submerged object strike/boat sunk

That is why I wouldn't want to go to sea in any boat which was not made of steel . I met some Aussies in Nuku Hiva, in a steel boat from Darwin, in 73 who hit a whale west of Galapagos, in the night doing hull speed. No damage whatever; to the boat.
07-07-2013 02:08 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Video of a submerged object strike/boat sunk

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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
What really makes me certain the world has gone mad, are the "handicapped" level urinals in many new bathrooms. I really can see the point, but for an adult male you look at them and wonder, is this really the spot where the seven dwarves hang out?? Might as well put a hole in the floor and call it done.
WTF? are those intended to be used from a wheelchair or something? I thought they were for little kids.
07-07-2013 02:04 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Video of a submerged object strike/boat sunk

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Originally Posted by erps View Post
Regarding blind sailing, anyone ever notice the brail keypads on drive thru banking windows? WUWT?
Years ago there was a story in the local paper about a tourist who asked what the beeping from a stop light was for. Upon being told it was a signal for the blind to cross she looked stunned and said "you let blind people DRIVE up here?"

For anyone who doesn't know, the braille keypads are simply standardized on all cash machines.
07-07-2013 01:59 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Video of a submerged object strike/boat sunk

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Looking at it full-screen, it sure looks like a whale (or two). It always amazes me that in an ocean that big - two random lines can intersect at just the wrong moment.
It's like a hundred odd years ago - there were two cars in the whole of Kansas and they collided.

Have to quit posting vids like that - Brent S. is fanatical enough as it is.
07-07-2013 01:27 PM
smurphny
Re: Video of a submerged object strike/boat sunk

The scary thing to me is that even when someone is on watch, there are many semi-submerged objects like deadheads and swimming critters just below the surface. No matter how you slice it, the danger of hitting things you'll never see seems to be fairly high. I recently bumped something substantial offshore.. turtle? fish? It made me look below to check the bilge. It's just one of the unpredictable risks of sailing. No one wants to hear the thump in the night.
07-07-2013 01:15 PM
hellosailor
Re: Video of a submerged object strike/boat sunk

AFAIK the modern container was invented in 1956 and in the mid-60's it was still the exception to the rule, growing but still scarce. Still Chichester would not have had the same perspective, or risk.

OTOH you'll find many authors have commented along the lines of "Well I just went below for five minutes to...and I'll never do that again!" Steve Dashew also mentions a similar surprise in coral and a similar change in sailing habits. There are folks who get away with it, and folks we read about losing their boats--even world racers.

Personal choices.
07-07-2013 02:49 AM
djaustralia
Re: Video of a submerged object strike/boat sunk

I'm currently reading an extract from a book by Francis chichester about his solo world trip in 1966. He relied on his navigation to keep him in open water & on course. Relying on unreliable self steering gear he often went below to sleep while Gypsy moth IV sailed on 'unmanned'! Granted there may not have been a great risk back then regarding shipping containers and submerged objects. Francis did have a few scare's though which sent him racing to deck level to look for damage. The days of record breaking solo sailing is over so unless these guys were trying to break some kind of record they might have employed another capable sailor. If you have a crew to rely on I think it's common sense to have a manned watch at all times.
07-03-2013 08:48 AM
Shinook
Re: Video of a submerged object strike/boat sunk

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"Save whale" we have only few whale restaurant in Japan , I do not eat whale for more than 30 years. I change my mind,,, whale sashimi with ginger soy sauce ,, I can not forget the taste.
This reminds me of a South Park episode from a few years ago (it's censored but potentially NSFW):

South Park Whale Whores Funny Scenes HD - YouTube
07-03-2013 02:43 AM
souljour2000
Re: Video of a submerged object strike/boat sunk

I like my quite thick-hulled, ancient and slow Columbia 40 more today than yesterday...especially since in the last 7-8 years I have seen several large 3-4 foot long dock pilings in the bay here..I hauled the one back to shore...the other washed up one morning after a recent storm...it was approaching 4 -feet long...thanks dock-installer guy! I hope the annoying powerboat guy who did a close 360 around me last month also learns to appreciate you...and the video does kinds look like a whale..but almost a squared corner too for a sec..hard for me to tell what that was...
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