Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Lightning--in general


Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Good morning,

Lightning is also my biggest fear.

I took the full Celestial classes (in addition to the ASA 117 for noon site), have a Astra IIIB sextant, declinations table, up to date Nautical Almanac.
Unfortunately, I do not keep an error log for the ship clock and have not had the chance to know the deviation on the compass…

I have 3 Bad Elf (portable) GPS to send GPS signal to my 3 iPad running Navionics.
Only 1 Bad Elf at the time is connected to the vessel power (they last 1.5 days on battery).
I have older hand held GPS that will simply give me Lat/Long.
I have all the paper charts of where I am going.

I mentioned several time, one of my instructor said: “Alex, if there is a thunderstorm, start your engine - if you get hit, at least you still have your engine to enter the marina”.
So consequently I also carry a spare starting battery (not connected to anything) which I charge before every trip or once a month.

And I hope I never get hit…

Harbour View Marina
Alexandre Uster S/V NIKIMAT
Major Bay
East End
VG1110
British Virgin Island




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On Sun, 11/6/16, Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Lightning--in general
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016, 8:10 PM


 









All good ideas. I've not done an Ocean
crossing yet, so haven't delved into this as I will
before I do.

All I can add now is that I put all portable electronics in
the oven when a thunderstorm approaches. I think there are
special covers that can be purchased which also act as
Faraday cages. I carry at least two of all electronic
navigation tools, and a small solar charger. At least one
backup is kept unattached to the boat's electrical
systems.



Lightning is my biggest fear on the water, as it is
unavoidable. I'll be interested in others' ideas
about this subject, too.



Kent

SM243 Kristy

karkauai@...

Kuna Yala, Panama













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