Posts Tagged ‘Safety and Emergencies’

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Monday, June 21st, 2010

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When lightning strikes, does your yacht need protection?

Monday, October 6th, 2008

During a land-based thunderstorm the other morning I was reminded of a bizarre conversation I was once part of during a thunderstorm in an ocean race. We were sailing towards a cold front, which was creating the storm. There was no way to avoid it.

As the lightning flashed and the hail bombarded us, a layer of iceblocks built up around our feet. There came a particularly bright flash which lit up the whole scene and the sea around.

One of the crew asked: “What happens if lightning strikes us?” Nobody could give a good scientific answer, but we were all aware that only a few weeks earlier, a very well-crewed racing yacht had disappeared on a voyage from Australia to New Zealand. No distress call, no sighting. Nothing.

There was discussion on whether the VHF aerial at the masthead could give any protection. I wondered whether doing a good job of rigging the mast – linking the rigging screws to the chainplates and the chainplates to the keel – might create a dangerous path for the lightning, even blow a hole in the side of the boat.

Does anybody have experience of a lightning strike at sea? I’d love to hear from them. In the meantime I’ll have to do some research myself.

Read more about emergencies you may face.

EPIRBs – where do you put them?

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

I have been thinking about EPIRBs and where best to stow them. Some people favour putting them in a grab bag. Others believe close to the companionway is better. I think there is a good argument that they should be outside the boat so that they can be activated by water pressure in the case of a really quick emergency.

Then I thought the best bet of all would be to have one packed in the liferaft itself. After all, you cannot then forget it. And now that they are so much cheaper than they used to be, why not have two? One in the raft and another wherever you like.