Originally Posted by biminibrad
Nothing scarier than lightning in a unbonded boat.
I don't think the bonding in a boat is going to matter if one takes a direct or close hit from a millions plus volt strike of lightning.
We crossed a couple of years ago and avoided a cell that was set up on the north end of GTC.
We stopped in GTC to clear, meet the ladies that flew in and grab some lunch and a swim at Pineapples.
While there a family that was on a sailboat showed up at the bar and we started chatting. Appears they got caught in the cell and saw a waterspout heading right for them. They couldn't avoid the spout and took a direct hit. He was at the helm and the wife and kids were in the cabin (36 footer).
The spout flipped the boat 90 degrees and the wife said she saw the bottom through the galley portholes! The righted immediately and all seemed fine except for some stained drawers!
They lost all operation in their electrical devices, chartplotter, radar, ipad, iphone. Apparently some pretty powerful electrical energy in or around the waterspout knocked out everything.
Needless to say the Goombays were on us!
I agree with the poster that said many over prepare for the trip. I feel that having a handful of items at the ready will better suit you in the event of an emergency.
I have been through a few harrowing crossings and will share what I have close by and ready for use when seas start to kick:
EPIRB or PLB
Life Jackets on deck or on person when things start getting ugly.
Throwable close by. 50' line coiled and available for quick deployment.
I turn on my bilge pump when taking heavy water over the bow. Had an issue with a jammed closed auto switch on a trip to Bimini that almost sank us.
Smaller cooler with waters in it. Latching lid is important if you go overboard with it.
Ditch Kit (many threads on what to include)
VHF on 16
I am a firm believer in the value of the SPOT tracking device and use it every time I venture offshore. It allows my wife and friends on my list to follow me wherever and whenever. Also in valuable positioning information should all else fail.
Large contractor bags with holes cutout for head and arms. These things make the best fowl weather gear! They will keep you from getting hypothermic, which can happen even in the tropical climates we boat in, plus they can be disposed of easily when you are done with them.
This short list is just what I have ready to go when anticipating a rough or wet crossing.