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01-26-2007 03:18 PM
Giulietta I already ordered a pair of these for my boat's bumper...just in case....
01-26-2007 03:17 PM
Cruisingdad PS That is never a problem in my catalina!! Apart from being slow, Marley is blaring so loud they can hear me coming miles and miles away!! The US Navy tried something similar on their new high tech Sonars, but used Barey Manalow and it resulted in hundreds of whales and dolphins intentionally beaching themselves. I guess everyone read about that, huh? (although they did not tell you about the BM (you make the acronym) playing, National Security and all.
01-26-2007 03:15 PM
Originally Posted by Cruisingdad
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.


They can't dodge if they're asleep...and a sailboat under sail may not make enough noise to wake one up before impact.
01-26-2007 03:13 PM
Cruisingdad 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.
01-26-2007 03:12 PM
Originally Posted by Cruisingdad
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.
01-26-2007 03:04 PM
Cruisingdad 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.
01-26-2007 03:03 PM
sailingdog 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.
01-26-2007 01:13 PM
Jotun 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.
01-26-2007 12:35 PM
sailingdog There used to be a semi-playful, semi-psychotic Orca in the Inner Passage, which was eventually killed by a large fishing boat.
01-26-2007 11:24 AM
CDRA 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.
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