When we were sailing in the Gulf of Mexico
earlier this month we saw quite a few water-spouts, as well as one or two lightning
strikes to the water
pretty close by. What's your normal MO for these?
We have the mast-stepped mast
connected to the iron keel
via a rubber insulated cable (looks like 70 sq mm or so). We were ready disconnect all electronics
from antennae, and to connect a cable to the back-stay and drop one end overboard
, but judging from the arc
and bloom that the watchkeeper saw from the closest strike, this may have been totally inadequate.
For the water-spouts, they were pretty distant, our plan was just to haul down all sail if they got close.