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Old 03-17-2008, 05:02 AM
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has anybody ever hit a while while underway? i was thinking that they arent real manueverable, so how would they avoid a collision with a boat going over 20 kts.
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I know some people who have bumped them while trolling east of Chatham, but that is at 4-6kts.
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Hit something running back across from P-town in a 26' Pursuit. We figured it was a basking shark but never new for sure. I was at the helm and it scared the crap out of me! I looked back expecting to see the engine ripped off the transom but it did no damage. Never saw what we hit before, or after. Must have been just beneath the surface.

My dad was in a 38ft Ocean that hit a whale. They made it in no problem but it did put a small bend in one shaft as I recall.



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I've had them come up and scratch their backs on the boat and one got pissed and slammed his fluke against us-he was sleeping and we got a bit close-never saw him until he whacked us...

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Some how got trapped drifting years back on "The Bank" in a whale feeding frenzy. Got a pic of a fluke that was 3/4 plus the length of my boat. The whale dove under our boat, and the fluke followed. Never hit him though but "Oh What A Feeling"!!! Drifted for quite a while until we drifted clear of them. One of the coolest things I've ever seen on the water.

One of them came up beside us and blew........man it stunk!!! The breeze carried this pukey crap and covered our boat.... To this day I wonder if they knew we were there????????
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You should read 117 days adrift. They were sailing when a whale hit them created a hole to large to handle. Had to abandone ship.It will make you wonder if you have what it takes to stay alive out there after you hit something that cause severe damage. It could happen at anytime.
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This is a rumor and do not know if this really happened, but heard from a few different sources: The Center of Coastal Studies, (out of P-town,) have killed more whales with there boats then they saved.
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One of them came up beside us and blew........man it stunk!!! The breeze carried this pukey crap and covered our boat....
I've been hit with Whale snot as well and will agree that it stinks.
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yea been hit with the snot rotton shrimp. Almost hit a sunfish they will hole your boat harpon bounces of them.
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On a 29 Blackfin cruising @ about 20 knts fell a thud and looked back to see a pool of orange- we went back to investigate- huge sunfish cut almost in half- we never saw it- weird - it was bleeding a little but there was just pieces of flesh oozing off and out it... We should have set up for shark drift right there...
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We're out drift fishing for fluke 20 plus years ago. Slow bite day, my buddy sees this thing floating off in the distance, thinks it's a trash bag. Decides instead of driving to it to get it, he's gonna practice casting a weighted treble hook and snag it and reel it to the boat. Well he casts over it, and when the hook gets to the "trash bag" he rips it to set the hook into it...........of course it's a sun fish. Freakin thing comes 2 feet out of the water and spools his Penn 5500SS. Not the smartest thing to do, but man the look on his face when he set the hook
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We have never hit one but we came very close once. We were on the way out to stellwagon when we slowed up as we approached out mark, just as we pulled back on the throttle three huge whales surfaced 20 yards directly in front of us. A close call to say the least.
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It is rumored that the boat "The Chief" hit a whale and caused it sink.
http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/p...heme=LOSTATSEA

I believe the canyon runner crew hit one last season and damaged the boat. My buddie was on board when it happened.

Another buddie hit a shark, it jambed up between his outboard and stern of his boat!

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In my drinking days I hit many a whale, Oh, you mean in a boat, no.
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I've had whales swim under the boat, but I've never hit one...

I have hit a Mola in the Canyons one day. I hate that "thud" sound against the hull
when you are 80 - 90 miles offshore.

Whale snot does really stink... I've been covered up with dolphin snot (on the bow sprit and they were playing
in the bow wake.... I'd whistle and they'd whistle back.... I don't know what I was saying in Dolphin, but one
blew a good snot ball all over my leg...

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Saw a guy in a 29 blackfin hounding a couple of humpacks while trolling for tuna back in the 80's of chatham. Guy was up on the bow and finally got right up on top of the whales which looked pretty agitated and they all sounded with a lot of white water. 10 sec later the guy is still on the bow looking down when one of the humpbacks breached right over this guys head and landed within ten feet of the boat covering him and the boat with spray. The guy at the wheel jumped on the throttles and got the hell out of there. We could hear the guys yelling from 1/4 mile away. We still laugh about that one.
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I heard rumors of Pulpits being snapped off by whales off Chatham.
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Chopped up a couple sunfish over the years,never a whale though.
No damage was done but the THUD / Vibration will wake up a sleepy
crew.
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I remember back in 1998 the Whale Watcher from Barnstable Harbor was steaming back to port from north of P-Town and they smoked a minkie whale somewhere in the middle of the Bay. The CC Times told witness accounts of how the boat shuddered and then the water behind the boat turned red, children cried, lawyers were called in....

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