We’ve been bullied
Lightning and boats do not play well together. In fact, lightning is that kid in the playground that never plays well with anyone. The one who constantly feels it necessary to show everyone how tough he is, always acting the bully. Unfortunately, it appears as if we’ve been a victim of that bully!
I don’t know about you but, as a kid, I used to enjoy electrical storms. I would sit on the front porch and watch the lightning flash in the sky around our house. Now on a boat though, lightning does not make me happy. We spend our time during storms counting the seconds between the lightning flashes and the accompanying thunder, trying to determine just how close the strikes really are. Well, yesterday a couple of them were close! Close as in, seemingly right beside us!
When the storm abated, Rebecca and I went on with our day, traveling on the cruisers’ shopping bus to the mall to reprovision. While doing so we had the opportunity to compare squall stories with other cruisers, each of whom feel exactly the same way about lightning as we do. We heard reports that a couple of boats may have had some issue with their electronics after the storm, including Harmony, our friends’ boat anchored right beside us. Given those reports, we decided that it would be prudent to check ours too. As it turns out, our new Raymarine wind instrument, or at least the display at the helm, is not working. Not entirely coincidentally, Harmony’s wind instrument isn’t working right either. It appears as if we’ve both been pushed around a bit by that bully!