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Old 27-09-2012, 17:09   #1
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Whale versus catamaran


Whale versus catamaran

A CLOSE encounter with a whale has made a stopover in Yamba an unforgettable experience for Mackay couple Mark and Patricia Meulman.

The pair had been sailing north from Sydney on board their recently acquired 10m catamaran when their vessel collided with a large object five nautical miles south of the Yamba bar on Tuesday afternoon, sending them scrambling to investigate the cause.
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Re: Whale versus catamaran

The damage looks like a fish....

With the amount of whales around this time of year, I'm surprised there aren't a lot more collisions
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Old 27-09-2012, 17:26   #3
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A CLOSE encounter with a whale has made a stopover in Yamba an unforgettable experience for Mackay couple Mark and Patricia Meulman.

The pair had been sailing north from Sydney on board their recently acquired 10m catamaran when their vessel collided with a large object five nautical miles south of the Yamba bar on Tuesday afternoon, sending them scrambling to investigate the cause.
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Sure is a pretty boat. Must be incredibly well built!
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Old 27-09-2012, 17:56   #4
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Sure is a pretty boat. Must be incredibly well built!
But why so much bog/gelcoat (weight) on a boat that comes out of a mould?
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But why so much bog/gelcoat (weight) on a boat that comes out of a mould?
I looks like the core???
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I looks like the core???
The slab of white, not the brown

right click on picture - open image in new tab - then hold ctrl and scroll in to make image larger.

Dont get me wrong, I would have a seawind in a hearbeat given the opportunity and the right price.
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But why so much bog/gelcoat (weight) on a boat that comes out of a mould?
Perhaps the starboard hull was sprayed by the apprentice. Or It could be a Friday boat
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White would be gelcoat. I couldn't think of a reason they would put bog in a boat coming out of a mold.
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Re: Whale versus catamaran

Looks like core to me.

What is bog?
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Looks like core to me.
The slab of white stuff (on the outside) looks like the core (on the inside)

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Bog, filler, putty, call it what you like.

Like ozskipper said, might have been a Friday boat 'cause it's bloody thick gelcoat.

If it's like that over the entire build there would have to be several hundred Kg of dead weight .
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Looks like core to me.

What is bog?
bog == bondo

I still think it's the core. The brownish areas look to be the internal layers of glass - i.e. large chunks of the core have been torn out also. Quite significant damage if this is so.
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Re: Whale versus catamaran

I have spoken with the owner and offered him our support, the repairers will need things like specific colours, material types etc etc.

Just on the issue of whats what under the Gel Coat etc, I think this boat is around year 2000 launch, so I am not sure whether it had previously had a ding etc, so lets not assume thats how it came out of the moulds, not saying that it didnt come out like that - just that I don't know. The owners had only recently purchased the boat (not from us - but nevertheless we are keen to assist them).

Anyway - it was certainly pleasing to see that they got it to Yamba under their own steam and were able to get it lifted straight away etc.
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Anyway - it was certainly pleasing to see that they got it to Yamba under their own steam and were able to get it lifted straight away etc.
Absolutely
I hate to think what may have happenned if it was "another form" of vessel
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Re: Whale versus catamaran

Ok, I see. I still think it looks as if there is about a 1/4" layer of glass that has sheared all around exposing the core. There is a dark line on the edge that looks like the thickness of the fibreglass. I've seen photos of other boats using a bog like substance for the core in the past.

And if not, what a horrible piece of workmanship that is then!
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Re: Whale versus catamaran

I hit one once, while we were surfing down a wave on a 45 foot plywood Spencer. Scared the crap out of me!

We were doing around 15 odd knots at the time, A couple of hundred miles offshore and SE of Sydney. The Boat gave a big lurch, then we were away again, blood or whale crap clouding the water behind us and a couple of big sperm whales about.

We suspect it may have been a young one (someone on the rail saw a smaller tail fluke), and there was no damage so it must have been a glancing blow.

I also had an aggressive minke charge a boat, at the very last minute it veered away, passing a half a meter from our stern.

Glad I have a metal boat, that will give one of the brutes a headache.
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