I am at Shelter Bay Marina. One 50 ft cat is going a whole electronic revamp.
He got hit by lightning
within the last month in Panama
Bay anchored out at Amador. Another guy was hit 4 days ago near Portobello on the Caribbean
side of Panama
, fried everything.. He was in the middle of about 10 other boats around. Another guy had a near hit and fried some small things in his boat but not the larger thing like SSB
.. A guy from South Africa
said the lightning
around Panama is the worst he has seen anywhere he has cruised in the world. I met another couple and they got hit in the marina Bocas Del Toro..6 months ago They and another couples boat next to them were hit together. $50k damage and $5k deductable.
I need a good lightning rod and grounding system if I am going to stay here.
Also to note a couple was robbed on their boat at knife point East of Colon at a place I believe is called Lindeman.. No one hurt just computer and other valuables taken.. Details sketchy.. Other boats around. 3 guys boarded their boat at night.. News should be out on the Cruising net soon .. Boat was named BLUE SKY I think. or something similar