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OutrageMan posted 10-18-2001 05:44 PM ET (US)   Profile for OutrageMan   Send Email to OutrageMan  
I was at the local boat yard today, and saw a truely smashed up whaler. It is/was an '85 17. Not only was this boat kept a few slips down from me, but when new, it was delivered on the same day that my father (harpoon harry) took delivery on his first Montauk.

The owner of the boat yard told me that the 17 was struck at a very high rate of speed from a 22' Sea Ray. 2/3 of the port side is sheard off to the waterline, the rails are mangled, an the engine cover is smashed.

There were some serious injuries to those in the Whaler, but none life threatening, and no one in the Sea Ray was hurt.

Even though the damage went below the waterline, it stayed afloat.

The only good thing from this is that I was able to see a cross-section of what a 17' gunwale/freeboard looks like.

I will post pictures in a day or two.


Taylor posted 10-18-2001 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Yes... but what did the sea ray look like?
OutrageMan posted 10-18-2001 11:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Not sure, I haven't seen it. But I was told that it wasn't as badly damaged.


Bigshot posted 10-19-2001 09:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
The ramming boat is uaully less damaged than the rammed(unless you hit the QE2). Look at the Anrea Doria, the Stockholm had a smushed bow.
OutrageMan posted 10-19-2001 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Here is the link for the pictures I took of the above mentioned whaler.


maverick posted 10-19-2001 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
Wow, pretty ugly, but repairable. What's the owner going to do with it? I'll tell you what I'd do - I'd contact and arrange to give them a safety endorsement while posing in front of or preferably <in> the boat at a dock. What an advertisement! Mav
george nagy posted 10-19-2001 06:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Wow! what a shame. it looks like that 17' is in really good shape. It just goes to show you that whalers and searays really don't mix!
rwest posted 10-24-2001 06:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for rwest  Send Email to rwest     
Years ago I rooms in college with a guy whose brother-in-law was a local game warden. The guy had a 13 Whaler which we hunted in during a snow storm. Great hunting boat ! Later the warden was chasing a guy in the Whaler and struck a dol head on ( 3 pile lighted marker) at high speed. Took out a 12 inch section of the bow but saved his life. He was ejected into the water with two broken legs, got back aboard and was rescued.

Also back about 20 years ago the Coast Guard had a cutter struck broadside by a merchant ship int he Chesapeake Bay at night. The cutter went down and the 13 foot Whaler popped to the surfac. The dozen or so suvivors of the cutter held on to the Whaler until rescued. Says a lot for a Whaler as a "lifeboat".

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