I am soon to travel to the BVI for a week of bareboat
chartering. In my two years of sailing I've yet to face a thunderstorm on board. I imagine that sailing for seven days straight ups the likelyhood I will be caught in one.
Lets say you are cruising around on a 45' monohull
and are overtaken by a thunderstorm. Let also say that you can't anchor/moore/dock in time to avoid the issue. What do you do?
I have to concerns:
1. Getting hit by lightning
2. If I take the "hide below" approach.. I suppose you take down sails
or hove-to, but then you hare the lee shore issue.
3. If you keep sailing.. you are on deck
and seem to be more likely to get hit by lightning
I'm aware of the fact that the mast
is supposed to take the lightning and ground it through the keel
. Does that really happen?
1. What steps do I take if I find that I'm going to have to ride out a thunderstorm while underway.
2. If you are on anchor/mooring.. do you go ashore usually or stay on the boat?
Any advice would be appreciated!