By: David Espana
3 TIPS FROM STAYING SAFE FROM LIGHTNING
Florida is known for beautiful waters and boating, but lightning can steal the joy of being out on the water. Lightning can strike out of nowhere and use the boat on the neighboring slip like a conduit, frying all the electronics on your boat. At times boat owners think that even if they did not suffer a direct hit, they are ok. But lightning can travel through the water and damage key systems of their vessel. Here are 3 tips about keeping safe from lightning strikes and storms.
Go back to shore
Storms can appear out of nowhere, it is always good for you to plan your boating in periods when there is less thunderstorms. If storms do appear, head to shore, reducing risk to lightning strikes can save your life and help you avoid losses.
Lower your gear.
Lowering your outriggers, antennas, turning off unnecessary electronics can help you avoid being struck by lightning. Avoid touching anything metal or materials that can act as a conduit.
Don’t Gamble with your life.
You can have the fastest boat out there, the most accurate radar, but that does not guarantee you can outrun a storm. There are some boat owners that think if conditions get bad they will miraculously be ok, any boat is subject to mechanical failure and errors by the captain at the helm.
Lightning is just one of many perils that boaters alike deal with. This is why having the right boat insurance with the adequate coverage’s is important. Contact Kings Bay Insurance if you aren’t insured or you are unsure about the boat insurance you may have. We help yacht, boat, charterboat owners find the best boat insurance policies in the South Florida Area.