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Discussion in 'Pictures & Videos' started by Joint Custody, Jul 13, 2020.
Someday I'd like to boat where you guys have these dramatic landscapes. So cool. Nice shot!
JC, nice photo. I almost expected to see God's right hand extending down from that rainbow. Very dramatic photo and taken in a beautiful part of the country.
Storm shots are cool, especially for boaters on the water. That feeling of being at the mercy of nature along with the freedom of boating kicks in the adrenaline for me. Its scary/wonderful if you know what I mean.
I wish I had pictures of the worst storm I rode out. It was epic. I was in a narrow channel in the 30,000 islands. Granite shore and shoals all around with no place to anchor. Saw that frontal wall coming and hoped it would miss us. Saw the wall of rain coming. Was earily calm with that dark green/black cloud look. When it hit I estimate 50 to 60 mph wind. I had to continue under power trying to avoid being spun. I could not see a thing. My GPS plotter was all that told me where I was in the channel. I could not see. No radar at that time so I had to use the compass to sort out what direction I was going. Was insane and exhilarating. It blew over in maybe 10 min, but seemed way longer. Then the calm set it. The water was filled with leaves and branches and shore debris, including cottagers dock chairs.
Anyway, lets use this thread to post epic storm photo's taken while boating. I will start with a few not so epic ones. A couple were from the cottage, not the boat though
Great Photo's !!!
from our FL condo
We were out on an overcast day, anchored in a small (150 yards across) cove with the bow pointed north. All of a sudden the wind shifted and the boat started to swing around on the anchor. If it swung 180* I would have been aground so we pulled up the anchor and headed out of the cove.
As I was leaving the cove I could see a smaller (~25') boat headed my direction. I flipped on the radar because I could see rain coming and didn't want to be headed toward him and running blind in the rain.
We got out of the cove OK and I was trying to stay close to the windward side of the river in the shelter of the tall trees along the bank. About 1/2 mile downstream from the cove we were in VERY heavy rain with almost zero visability. The little boat had turned to head further upriver so was out of my "danger zone".
As we continued there was a lightening strike in one of the trees onshore, about 100' from where I was. That strike lit up the old radar screen with a flash then it went dead. As did the GPS/plotter.
As we passed by an opening in the trees a gust of wind caught my canvas and ripped part of it off the stainless tubing. And scared the crap out of me.
We got back to the slip in about 20 minutes but the wind was blowing so hard I didn't feel safe backing into the slip. We 'hovered' in our small bay for about 20 more minutes until the wind started to subside and I backed in.
When I reported the damage to my insurance they checked and found there were over 400 lightening strikes from the storm in the 2 counties that border the river.
Here's a shot of the storm and of the canvas damage. The insurance company paid for two techs to come down from Portland, OR to install a whole new radar/plotter/GPS system.