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Pictures of water spouts here in Baltimore this afternoon.

These occurred within 3 miles of my, Tartan37, and 4arches boats and no I didn't run for my boat for protection. No way.


Check on the pictures on the local screen of the waterspouts

National Weather Service issues tornado watch | Weather - WBAL Home


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Tornado damages Locust Point warehouse; another reported near Kingsville - Baltimore Sun


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Re: Tornadoes and boats...

I grew up in tornado alley. I have friends whose homes were turned to rubble by the tornado that ripped through Omaha, NE in 1975. I have hunkered down in the basement many times when tornadoes were nearby. No offense, really, but I would consider it quite insane to stay on a boat with a tornado approaching, and better shelter available nearby.
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I'm a novelist & could use some sailing expertise!

Disclaimer: I am not a sailor or boater of any type (so please be gentle . . . and clear in any replies)

Disclaimer #2: This is a novel, so the drama element might require suspension of belief on the question of how the characters landed up in this quandary.

Setting: Sailing on Lake Eufaula in Oklahoma. The characters have heaved-to (hope that's the right term) & had some lunch, drifted off to sleep under sunny skies. Wake up to find a giant supercell looming overhead (it's late June by the way). Too far to try and get to the nearest dock or marina. They are stuck & need to ride it out.

What would the sailor (the guy) do, if anything, to secure the boat before heading below deck? I've described heavy rain, lightning all around, dark skies, greenish hue to the sky, choppy heavy waves, howling wind - that all seems right. Assuming the actual tornado (or water spout) moved over the boat - what might happen? At the moment, I've described things sliding around in the cabinets inside the boat, the boat moving quite a bit.

My sense is that the NOVEL needs amped-up conflict/drama, even if the reality is that maybe that's all that might happen. Any thoughts on this? If wind blew out window(s) in the hatch, what then? Any likelihood of the hatch door being ripped off?

Any thoughts or help would be greatly appreciated -- thanks so much!
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Think about what would happen to an RV in a Walmart parking lot subject to tornado and supercell, the boat may suffer the same fate.

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