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Chaps posted 06-07-2002 09:53 PM ET (US)   Profile for Chaps   Send Email to Chaps  
My first post on your fine forum. This is no joke . . . my brother sunk my boat . . . and you thought they were unsinkable? It was 1974 and I loaned him my '63 Whaler to supervise a crew that was cleaning up excessive log buildup on the shores of a large central California lake. He had her tied up in about 3' of water to a snag at the lake's edge next to a steep bank. Something happened with a pile of logs the guys were working with upslope from the boat and one of the big ones rolled down the bank, got airborne and landed right on top of the boat, taking her to the bottom and pinning her in the mud. So there . . . they do sink!
Dick posted 06-07-2002 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Oops, looks like we exceeded the swamped capacity. Next time have him weigh the logs prior to dropping.
JohnAz posted 06-08-2002 09:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
If it was in deeper water the Whaler and the log, "wood" surley would have floated
jameso posted 06-09-2002 07:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
Unsinkable is like rustproof, never needs ironing ect. I 'sunk' a 15 sport in the surf once, boat was full of water and sitting on bottom, where I am from that is 'sunk'. Didn't need a log either!
But still a great boat! Jim Armstrong
MikeG posted 06-10-2002 01:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for MikeG  Send Email to MikeG     
I read a story (I think it was the old forum) in which a large sailboat broke loose from its mooring in a storm and smashed into a pier. Attached to the pier was a small Whaler. The owner assumed the Whaler was lost the following morning since it couldn't be found. Once the tugs pulled the saiboat off the pier, the battered Whaler popped to the surface after apparently being trapped under the much larger boat. Does anyone remember this or is the actual witness on this board?

Sidenote. I was on a cruise ship last year and noticed a 13' Whaler hull attached to the roof of the bridge. There were no davits to lower it so I asked one of the officers how it could be used. He said that it was light enough for a few people to pick up but otherwise the reserve boyancy of the Whaler should be enough to allow it to break free from its tiedowns should the ship ever sink.

Chris J posted 06-11-2002 11:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
Sounds like the officers were keeping the best lifeboat for themselves. I bet it had fishing gear and a cooler aboard, too.
rwest posted 06-15-2002 07:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for rwest  Send Email to rwest     
Several years ago a Coast Guard cutter (USCGC CUYAHOGA) sank following a collision in the Chesapeake Bay. She had a 13 ft Whaler strapped on deck as a utility boat. The Whaler popped to the surface after the cutter went down and the crew that survived did so partly due to having the boat to hang onto.
RMBW posted 06-16-2002 12:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for RMBW  Send Email to RMBW     
Had a 17' Whaler in 1972 that was in spring storm on Lake Michigan. We had to leave the Whaler at anchor in 10' with a long scope on the line.The seas were running 15' and 45 mph winds. During the night winds picked up to 70 mph out of the east and we were on the west shore. The Coast Guard in Sturgeon Bay said that there was no way the boat would be found. They had a aluminum boat that you could not tell was a boat except for the broken transom board. After searching the shore from the lake, we found our Whaler 2 miles down the shore line and 20' from the waters edge. We rolled all the rocks out of the hull and towed her back to the landing. Had to get a new bow rail and cover for the motor, she then started up with no problems. We trailerd the boat to the Coast Guard station and they could't beleave that the boat showed no damage to the hull. I did have to refinsh the wood. Mike
pwitort posted 07-13-2005 09:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for pwitort  Send Email to pwitort     
Rwest... werent you one of the CG folks on the Cuyahoga when it was sunk? If so, must have been a horrendous time :(

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