Holy crap, what a story. Thanks, I hadn't read it before.
These accounts are pushing me into the "multihulls are safer" camp. I don't like the whole sinking thing one bit.
Not so fast. Remember the recent Atlantic 46 catamaran whale encounter ? That’s a hell of a story…(especially wanting to be rescued from your rescuers, a dodgy Chinese fishing boat with young crew that hadn’t been ashore for months…no one would ever know if an unscrupulous crew or captain decided to dump you overboard…as crew sometimes are on those boats, according to the investigative journalism book, “The Outlaw Ocean…)
The pics and selfies that Raindancer took of themselves in the life raft and dinghy they salvaged are instructive…how long do you wanna spend on/in one of those in the ocean? I’d guess that a tough(er) boat, however defined, (maybe a full keel, heavily laid up glass boat like a Westsail 32? Maybe a metal boat? Maybe a heavily built wood hull, like cold molded?), and not necessarily a multihull, may have made the difference in a whale collision? But, really, who knows…..