Originally Posted by Don L
Whales of course don't understand the need to stay from boats with people it them. If they did there wouldn't have been an industry with people in little boats coming next to them and throwing a spear into them.
Nearly a decade ago we were motoring northbound, about 50 miles off of Cape Ann in a 40 foot Beneteau
. Out of nowhere something hit our starboard rear quarter causing a flood of water
into the cockpit
and twisting the vessel nearly 90 degrees from its direction of travel. Something big had hit us from the side and we hypothesize it was a large animal - it certainly was not a sub cause it did not split the boat in to small pieces. We then noticed water at the floor boards. It turned out to be fresh water from damaged water tanks
. The other damage to the boat included detachment of the tabs that anchor
box frame and the plastic liner to the hull
. It was at once frightening but at the same time reassuring that we could eliminate the likelihood of sinking. We easily made it back to shore but it diminished my enthusiasm for boats where a full plastic liner prevents access to inspection
of the hull
from inside the boat.