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Old 03-10-2012, 21:15   #46
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Re: Whale versus catamaran

I was up there a few weeks back. The whale looked quite magestic up next to the 150ft tourist catamaran, until it saw us in a 6.5 metre Zodiac and came over for a closer look. It approached like a shark in a scary movie, went under the port side whilst rolling upside down and came up the other side with a tail slam.

As it was under us the wife looked over the side and said "it's not very deep out here" (we were 10 miles out to sea), to which I replied "that's not the bottom of the ocean honey, that's the bottom of the whale!!!"

I would have liked to have been in a bigger boat that day!

The truth is that I did freeze somewhat with an amount of fear as it passed underneath contrary to what I told the wife.

Seems that the male whales stop to play whereas the female ones with the calves keep moving.
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Old 05-10-2012, 19:53   #47
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I read this thread with great interest as in about 2 weeks time my wife and I will be taking delivery of our new boat (secondhand) and will be coming down from Mooloolabah QLD to Lake Macquarie NSW with the delivery skipper and the migrating whales. I have seen many a whale but for my wife, well this will be her first time and to have the whales in the picture will make for an interesting trip indeed, I'm not sure how she will take to them if we are in close quarters.
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Hi Peter, congratulations on your new boat. Enjoy the sail south and look out for those whales. Is ' Condor ' your delivery skipper, if so say Hi from Gordon.
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Old 06-10-2012, 20:39   #49
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Thanks Gordon,
Yes Condor is the delivery skipper, I will say hi for you and for sure I will enjoy the trip down, not to sure about the wife though. PM sent
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Re: Whale versus catamaran

Very strange damage IF the 'object' was a whale. Looks much more like an impact from a hard thing.

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Whales are surprisingly solid. It's squashed from the front. If you could see both sides, they would probably be similar.
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Re: Whale versus catamaran

Just following up on a few issues here.

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Does a Seawind have much of a water tight bulkhead?
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I understand that in Victoria (Australia) they (in the last few years) had their survey status changed to a maximum of 6? POB due to the fact that it doesn't have the required crash bulkheads that would allow the 12'ish? that they previously carried on-board when under survey.
Thats not the case, and no one in Victorian Government or Seawind have any knowledge of this. What is the case is that there have been some changes to carly float regs and that may have affected the survey status.

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Maybe it's a terminology thing on my behalf. Perhaps they are not "crash resistant" bulkheads.
they are at least as strong as the rest of the hull.

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Either way, Victoria changed their laws and any Seawind 1000's (not sure on the other models) had a reduced number of pax under survey depending on the use. Happy to be corrected if I haven't got that exactly right. I felt sorry for the guy running the business on his 1000 given what they did, but they didn't do in other states which is intersting. No such thing as federal / national boating regulations down here!
Not the case. there has been no such decision by the Victorian government - and I have spent some weeks in correspondence with them on this issue.
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Bog Schmog, What about the godless trouble making Whales. they should go back where they came from
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Bog Schmog, What about the godless trouble making Whales. they should go back where they came from
LOL..I concur!
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Travelled down from Mooloolaba to Newcastle last Sunday through to Tuesday and we were a little disappointed as we only seen the one whale, they may have been out wider than us as we mainly travelled in 50mts to 100mts
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They're mostly well on their way back to Antarctica by now.
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I was up there a few weeks back. The whale looked quite magestic up next to the 150ft tourist catamaran, until it saw us in a 6.5 metre Zodiac and came over for a closer look. It approached like a shark in a scary movie, went under the port side whilst rolling upside down and came up the other side with a tail slam.

As it was under us the wife looked over the side and said "it's not very deep out here" (we were 10 miles out to sea), to which I replied "that's not the bottom of the ocean honey, that's the bottom of the whale!!!"

I would have liked to have been in a bigger boat that day!

The truth is that I did freeze somewhat with an amount of fear as it passed underneath contrary to what I told the wife.

Seems that the male whales stop to play whereas the female ones with the calves keep moving.

They are quite curious and they like to hang out sometimes.

We were on a Crowther 50 and were heading North from Akaroa ( Near christchurch NZ) and still had the depth sounder on but well off the heads when the depth alarm went off. You can imagine the anxiety when it was set to 10 feet !

Charts were all good, and while we were coming up with theories and palying with cables in the cabin a humpback surfaced alongside. It vented over the boat obscuring the windows, it took a second or two to realise what was happening. It stayed with us on the surface about 20 feet off looking at us with one eye for a good 5 minutes. Then it just slid down and vanished. We all felt it was far too close for comfort.

Another humpback sank an expensive and new 50 foot cat when its thought that it tried scraping some of it's barnacles off. That was off Maria Island Tasmania. Murray Isles would know the details.
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Re: Whale versus catamaran

I guess I will install deer whistles on my hulls...



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