It is VERY unusual for me to send out two blog updates in one day, but I think this merits it. Below are pictures of a boat (Viking 60) that struck a whale, just last week, here in Cabo. It’s amazing no one got hurt… What follows is a report by the Captain (not me!).
PS My earlier blog posting had some broken links. Oops. They fixed now on the website.
We had just finished catching all the bait for A’s trip and caught
several Marlin. It was 11:30 am.
We had seen Whales everywhere all morning. Many breaching. One had jumped
two days prior and hit a boat upon falling back into the water. We had just
gotten the boat to 22 knots. 2 people on the bridge looking for Whales. When
the bow was thrown straight up into the air. 40 tons of Whale colliding with
40 tons of boat at 90 degree angles.
You can see the point of impact in the pix. After careful examination of the
damage , the only conclusion is the Whale was just about to breach. It
struck with such force that Pete was thrown several feet in the salon into
the aft bulkhead. If I had not been with my back against my chair I would
have been thrown from the bridge.
I have seen several boats that have hit Whales in the past. Usually, you
ride up on the back much as a boat going up on a sandbar, roll down the side
and do strut, prop and rudder damage. None of this happened. All of the
damage was sustained forward , at a hard angle to the chine. I can’t begin
to explain the violence of the collision. If I had to guess I would say the
Whale was going to jump quartering towards us, almost straight up. You can
see this in the pics. The fiberglass that is peeled back is from the
hydraulic force of the water peeling it loose as we traveled home. The
picture of the Port side shows the force of impact knocking the tube loose
and punching a hole in the opposite side.( Note the fiberglass strands
We were very fortunate to save the boat and not wind up in the water. It
wouldn’t have been a bad thing as several boats were around us. I would have
lost 30 years of unreplaceable notes and all our personal belongings though.
Unbelievable amount of fiberglass forward in this boat. I can’t belive how
many laminations were in the stem. I don’t know how the boat survived the
I am sick right now. Gonna try to think about something else for a few