My wife and I planned to spent last weekend in the Granite Bay area near Wells Bay. There was some excellent rock fishing but halibut fishing was slow. We camped on the beach near the back of the bay and saw a nice blackie and a small deer that evening.
The next day we headed toward Glacier Island to camp and do some fishing/shrimping. Sea conditions were good and we were cruising at about 26 mph. We were just parallel to Chamberlain Bay when a Humpback surfaced 30' off the bow. I killed the throttle and spun the wheel. We were just going to miss it and the tail was coming up right by the boat.
Unfortunately a second whale came up behind it and and there was no missing this one. We hit it right in the hump and went airborne, all I saw was sky. We crashed back to the water upright and sloshed some water over the starboard side of the stern. My wife was thrown from her seat and slammed to the ground between the front seats. Luckily missing any hard corners and only came away with a bruised elbow. I killed the engine and turned on the bilge pumps and hurried to the back. All I saw was two tales diving for the bottom.
A quick inspection revealed no visible hull damage but my main outboard was disabled. We moved into Chamberlain Bay with my kicker and beached the boat to look things over. The skeg was gone and the lower unit gear case had a very large crack/hole in it. Luckily my cell phone works in the area and we were able to call into Valdez for a tow home.
This lead to the untimely death of my Yamaha TRP. No one in the state had the tools to work on it and a new complete lower unit was too expensive. Fortunately Rocky's Marine in Petersburg helped me out and we were able to get a single prop lower on it with no problems. I do hope the whale fares as well.