Serious safety stuff, episode 1
Although we would rather think of sundowners and suntans we have recently been doing research on two scary but important subjects: lightning and storms. In the case of lightning I have been reading how sailing catamarans are twice as likely to be struck than monohulls!
Twice as likely to win the lottery = good.
Twice as likely to be electrocuted = bad.
So what to do? Some people pray. Not likely going to help. Some people attach battery cables to their shrouds and drag them in the water. Debatable whether or not this helps. Then there are commercial solutions such as Strikeshield. This looks promising, or, perhaps it is just good marketing. Who knows?
On the subject of storms, one of the big issues with boats in general, and maybe even more so catamarans, is slowing them down so that they don’t surf down big waves, bury their nose and pitchpole. Enter the Jordan Series Drogue. This is essentially a very long line of cones which you drag behind the boat. The cones provide resistance and hopefully slow the boat down to a safer speed. The question in our minds right now is where do we attach this device to our boat? The attachment point needs to be VERY strong and at the moment I don’t think it exists on Katana. The series drogue is, of course, only one option. More research is needed. We’ll try to avoid any big storms until we get this subject sorted out.