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Old 20-07-2016, 16:23   #31
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Re: Do you sail when Lightning is predicted?

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Found it interestin that waterspouts are fresh water, even over the ocean. some salt water gets drawn up but water not salty.. was a surprise to hear.
Not sure where you got your information. We got hit by two in the Indian Ocean. Very salty and had fish dumped on our deck. Maybe spouts are different in the Atlantic.
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Old 20-07-2016, 19:33   #32
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Not sure where you got your information. We got hit by two in the Indian Ocean. Very salty and had fish dumped on our deck. Maybe spouts are different in the Atlantic.
Does a waterspout over the ocean contain fresh or salt water? | The Why Files

guessing the lowest part of it would make that plausible and thinking they mean the overall majority of water in it.
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That's odd... I know quite a few boats that have been struck, and know OF a hell of a lot more. I know no one who has had a big lottery win. I must be a statistical anomaly.

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Maybe that's coz the lighting strikees blab about their burn marks, while the lottery winnees keep mum? Doubt it! With you Jim Cate.
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Hi Zeehag,

From NZ where lighting is not regular. Regarding your first post in this chain, I'd also be wearing my rubber gumboots or thongs (the ones for your feet, not the undie ones) if ever stuck in lightning storm.

How thick d'ya reckon the rubber gloves should be? Surgical? Dishwashing (those pink ones)?, or the neoprene dive gloves.

I guess its a question where the answer is "what's the length of a string?".

Don't s'pose anyone's been on a lighting struck boat with crew wearing rubber, and other crew not wearing rubber, and compared results?

A mate in the recent Sydney storms touched a waterfront lampost for support, as lighting struck. He and his son got tossed off the seawall onto the beach, luckily between wave surges. Bruised and stiff and a few cuts from the landing, but no burns. I didn't ask if they had rubber soles shoes.
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Re: Do you sail when Lightning is predicted?

scotty i have yet to try it-- i wore leather palmed sailing gloves in gulf of mexico--- here i donot have a stainless wheel--mine is wood. i much prefer wood wheels .
as for no lightning in mexico-- we had a wee tormenta the other night, one of many in summer--they are daily occurrences.. but this was prettier than usual.
but, naaaw we donot ever get lightning here where diurnal temp range is over 15 degrees f, and highs meet lows over our heads... ha ha ha ha ha
july is the start of tormenta season in mazatlan. they look similar to this pic....
as many non locals donot normally remain in mexico for summers, these are not visible to cruisers, who deny that there is such thing as lightning in mexico or on west coast ha ha ha ha
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