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Old 17-09-2007, 11:34   #16
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I had a thought on this. You know the little whistles people put on the car to scare deer out of the road? Well, I was sitting at a stop light yesterday watching my rearview mirror vibrate because some kid had his stereo pumping out enough bass to split the Earth's crust when it came to me.

I know sound travels along way in water, so if you had decent sized sub-woofer on the boat it seems to me that you could cruise along playing your favorite Jimmy Buffet CD and the thump of the woofer resonating through the hull should travel great distances.

BUT, would this scare/repel creatures of the deep? Or would they be curious and want to investigate? Or would it anger them and instigate an attack?

I know the kid at the light brought out the later response from me. Luckily, I was able to curb my attack response and was just annoyed instead.

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Old 06-07-2016, 03:52   #17
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Re: Ever been hit by a whale or anything else?

Spent a week in the Everglades alone (Wilderness Waterway) on my little 900 lb.sharpie.
quite a big thump on bottom one night while anchored. Too shallow for whales but there were plenty of big alligators ,wasn't too worried about being tipped out of my unballasted sailboat, but was often concerned when my mast would touch overhanging branches and drop a snake into my little craft,then whatcha gonna do? All impenetrable mangrove swamp for100s of miles so we would have to learn to live with each other. I did have a gun BUT??
P.S. never did see any snakes but in the lower glades there are even crocs!

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Old 06-07-2016, 04:51   #18
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Re: Ever been hit by a whale or anything else?

I ran into one on my pacific crossing . I was in the cockpit reading and the only indication something was amiss was the boat instead of hobby horsing down a wave it came up. It was a humpback just shy of Tonga. It and a companion had crossed my bow. I left a good gash on its back just in front of the dorsal fin. It didn't seem to bother it and they swam around me for about 40 minutes until my heart could take no more and the camera went flat. I started the motor and they left.

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Old 07-07-2016, 00:47   #19
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Re: Ever been hit by a whale or anything else?

A whale caused the crew of this cat to abandon ship before it rolled over on the way from Durban to Cape Town last year. The article I read said they were awaken by a loud bang on the boat and on running upstairs say a whale next to the boat. The presumption is that they hit it sleeping on the surface and it holed the one hull. The boat was under sail.Click image for larger version

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Re: Ever been hit by a whale or anything else?

I like the title of this thread "ever been hit by a whale" as opposed to ever hit a whale. Persoanally no, but I had one scare the crap out of me while sailing along on a peaceful night well offshore in that sort of magic night time quiet when all of the sudden one breached less than a boat length away behind me so I think must have been very close to hitting one.

Also came very close to hitting a sunfish which was a sort of freaky encounter. I was diving the boat off the wind doing 7-7.5 knots when I saw something in the water directly ahead about three or four boat lengths ahead. I wasn't sure what, maybe garbage? A floating tarp? All I could tell was that it was greyish colored, fairly large, and right in front of the boat!

I quickly altered course watching it get closer and recognized it for what it was when it came abeam for having read about them and seen photos. Strange creatures indeed. It was basking at the surface and didn't strike me as being fast enough to get out of my way. It was also huge, my guess was about 8' or 2.5m square.

After the fact I learned they can weigh up to two tonnes which made me gulp. I could have easily missed it if I hadn't been paying attention. Mind you, this was middle of the day hundreds of miles offshore where you tend to feel a bit safer. Recommend keeping a close watch at all times.
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