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Topic Review (Newest First)
02-10-2007 10:45 AM
sailingfool Make sure your boat has a full size bimini over the cockpit, and you can sit ourt and enjoy watching the rain without getting wet...
02-10-2007 04:39 AM
nightowle watch out for lightening.....not a good time to be sailing (or diving).
02-05-2007 08:09 AM
sailingdog BTW, in the tropics, it is often worth putting on foul weather gear for some of the heavier storms, as the water is very cold, relative to the ambient air temperature. Rain, from a thunderstorm's cumulonimbus cloud, is often falling from 20,000 feet above the ground, and its temperature may be close to freezing. It doesn't take long, standing out on the deck in your t-shirt and shorts, for the rain to thoroughly chill you.
02-04-2007 04:57 PM
tonic Ski googles work great use anti fog spray.
12-16-2006 10:03 AM
sailingdog If the wind is strong enough, a mask isn't such a bad idea.

It is generally a good idea to hoist a radar reflector if you're going to be sailing in the rain, fog or snow.
12-15-2006 07:17 PM
bkw ill put a tank on too
12-14-2006 10:22 AM
T34C Please get a picture of yourself at the helm with the mask and snorkel on!! (flippers optional)
12-14-2006 09:18 AM
sailortjk1 Of course, Becareful of reduced visibility in congested areas. Heavy rain can really make it difficult to see. And, make sure to dry out your sails before rolling or flaking to prevent mold.
12-13-2006 09:27 PM
gc1111 If there is a LOT of wind mixed with the rain and you don't have shelter at the helm, a nice trick is to put on a mask and snorkel. This will at least let you look to windward and breathe comfortably.
12-13-2006 09:04 PM
btrayfors Usually, rainstorms blow through the BVI quickly. They move from East to West; you can see them coming from a long way away.

Often, these little storms contain a substantial amount of wind...25, 30, even 35 knots....so be careful to not have too much sail up when they arrive. The wind almost always precedes the rain, and the sailor's addage: "If the wind before the rain, soon you may make sail again" applies in the BVI.

Exceptions to this general pattern include tropical waves, hurricanes, and Christmas Winds.

Have fun.

Bill
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