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We happened to be on our power boat when we got hit by a squall but this video is from when it finally calmed down enough to hold the phone so I could take a video.
We were very grateful for the Navionics app that day since we couldn't see ANYTHING and had to try to stay in the channel by only looking at the charts.
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Did you get a bit wet? Horizontal rain.

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We happened to be on our power boat when we got hit by a squall but this video is from when it finally calmed down enough to hold the phone so I could take a video.
We were very grateful for the Navionics app that day since we couldn't see ANYTHING and had to try to stay in the channel by only looking at the charts.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/TmQWhHd3YcaeNo2J6
Thanks for sharing and glad that you made it safely in.
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Re: Caught in a squall

I guess its similar to a video game when you cant see ..sht.
Fly by instruments, etc.
Either you catch on quick..or you dont.
With my instruments, im better off making speed to have solid tracking..via whatever screen my head is into.
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Re: Caught in a squall

IFR, Instrument Flight Regulations. You have a nice introduction to the basics of operating your boat IFR. Practice it during the day. Add the depth sounder, then RADAR and you get a good 3D feeling of where the boat is and what the boat is doing. Makes night maneuvering and in fog less scary. Always having a track on the plotter certainly helps when these sudden localized weather surprises pop up. I hope you had a Bimini so you could get out of the pelting rain. Sometimes those squalls can have hail so you get sand blasted from above, without a Bimini. That really hurts, and is COLD!

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Re: Caught in a squall

What kind of boat am I looking at and where were you?
Looks grim fo'sho! Glad it turned out ok!

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Re: Caught in a squall

What fun!

I lost a race with a squall last weekend. ~50 feet from the #1 marker and visibility went from good to I could almost see the bow pulpit. Aborted my chanel entry and steered by compass away from shore, chartplotter said I was going downwind at 4kts (sideways). 15 degrees of heel on the sail cover only. 20 minutes later, clear skies and sunshine. Gotta love the Florida summer!
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Re: Caught in a squall

The IFR analogy is appropriate. I'll add a couple of things to consider.

You should trust your instruments, because your imagination and seat of your pants will deceive you. However, you should have a way to confirm/crosscheck your instruments. Confirming that your depth gauge is reading something similar to what your chartplotter suggests is easy enough. If not, stop or slow to figure out what's going on. When in the fishbowl and seeing nothing, visibility always looks worse than it really is. Yes, we've all been in fog/rain that was hard to see the bow, but it's rare. Try to navigate within a hundred feet or so of an ATN, preferably one with safe water around, so that you confirm it visually when you should. I think I actually saw one off your bow at 1 o'clock in the vid. Finally, slow down. You obviously need response time, if your chartplotter is wrong. The saying goes, you should not be moving faster than you can think. Even in a slow sailboat, I find backing down just one knot makes a huge difference.

Good on ya for making it through safely.
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Re: Caught in a squall

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The IFR analogy is appropriate. I'll add a couple of things to consider.

You should trust your instruments, because your imagination and seat of your pants will deceive you. However, you should have a way to confirm/crosscheck your instruments. Confirming that your depth gauge is reading something similar to what your chartplotter suggests is easy enough. If not, stop or slow to figure out what's going on. When in the fishbowl and seeing nothing, visibility always looks worse than it really is. Yes, we've all been in fog/rain that was hard to see the bow, but it's rare. Try to navigate within a hundred feet or so of an ATN, preferably one with safe water around, so that you confirm it visually when you should. I think I actually saw one off your bow at 1 o'clock in the vid. Finally, slow down. You obviously need response time, if your chartplotter is wrong. The saying goes, you should not be moving faster than you can think. Even in a slow sailboat, I find backing down just one knot makes a huge difference.

Good on ya for making it through safely.
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Re: Caught in a squall

i am surprised you didnot see the squall coming....glad you made it back ok.


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