Sailors Choice What's Under There?
|Whale Watching Charters|
is nothing quite like a close encounter with a whale. Being
fortunate to have my own boat, I have had a small pilot swim alongside
during a night sail crooning his tune to me and been more than surprised
when a gray surfaced right behind the boat and let go with a spout that
rained all over the cockpit right after sunset.
But some of my most enjoyable experiences have been aboard boats with captains that do the work of interacting politely with the whales! I don't have to worry where the boat is going when I let go of the tiller and jump up and down at the antics of a breaching whale!
Along the coasts of North America, whales migrate from the colder waters in the north to the warmer southern waters, where they have their babies, breed and get a sun tan. Sound familiar? Guided whale watching tours started off the Southern California coast in the late 70's and now are world-wide.
There are some things to remember when you are contemplating a whale watch cruise. Which boat? ....if you have a large group, the bigger passenger boats are your answer and they tend to be steadier than the smaller and more "sea interactive" sailboats, which are quieter and more intimate, getting you closer to water, and the whales. Do you get seasick, see above and take something before you go, doesn't do much good if you can't keep it down. Bring enough clothes to stay warm, its always easier to take off a layer than freeze because you've come to end of your portable wardrobe. Temps on the water when combined with the winds can be 20o cooler than the land you left from! Pay attention, we know it may take some time to sight the whales, but in the meantime, did you see those dolphins or that sunfish or those flying fish?