Seaworthy Magazine: Thunderstorms - A Few Members' Accounts

It was a fine summer day, as we trolled for Dolphin in the Gulfstream off of Ft. Lauderdale. The fishing wasn't especially good, possibly because of the numerous thunderstorms that kept rolling in from the southeast. We had to keep turning away to avoid them, and were not able to stay in the grass lines where the fish like to congregate.

Finally, after becoming tired of taking these evasive actions, we decided to anchor off of the beach, eat lunch, and wait until the squalls passed.

After we had anchored and shut down the engine, we heard a strange hissing sound that seemed to be coming from the top of the radio antenna. I lowered the radio antenna the hissing seemed to stop, but we soon heard the same sound coming from a shorter antenna. When I lowered the shorter antenna the hissing stopped completely.

Later, when talking with a man who built high-performance radio antennas, he said I had done exactly the right thing.

Now, whenever I'm out on the boat and thunderstorms are around, I make sure all of my antennas are DOWN.