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post #1 of Old 01-26-2001 Thread Starter
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It seems like whether to install a lightning protection system is a hit or miss situation. On one hand, install one and you are more likely to be hit, although with less damage, and on the other hand a lot of sailboats don''t have any kind of protection. I personally have a 24 ft fiberglass boat with an aluminum mast. I am land locked and never over a few hours from my home dock. I would be considered a weekend crusier. My Question: Can a system be improvised such as wraping a copper wire around the base of the mast and running the wire overboard into the water with an iron weight provide a makeshift ground and provide more protection from lightening, or should I just leave it alone and hope for the best, or do I really need an expensive lightening protection system?
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