GEE FOLKS...THANKS FOR ALL THE RESPONSE AND IDEAS. I WROTE SAILNET, ASK THE EXPERT, AND HERE IS WHAT DAN TOLD ME. BTW, ISN''T SAILNET A REALLY COOL SITE????sorry about the little >>, but i thought it would be a good source of information.
We''d be happy to have you post that message, although it''s not as complete
an answer as we''d like to give you, it does guide the reader to other
informative sources. Just don''t portray it as an end-all answer, because
that''s certainly not my intention. All the best,
----- Original Message -----
From: "R.j." <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2001 12:13 PM
Subject: Re: Ask Experts
> THANK YOU!!!! FOR YOUR QUICK RESPONSE.!!!!! MAY I POST
> THIS ON MY MESSAGE BOARD. I THINK OTHERS MAY LIKE TO
> SEE IT????
> --- firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > Dear Sailnet User:
> > On 2001-01-27 00:47:45, you asked:
> > Lightning is sure a confusing topic. I posted a
> > question in the message board, but still getting
> > unclear answers. I was wondering...if there is
> > someway to direct the current incase i get hit. My
> > thoughts were attaching a copper cable at the base
> > of the mast and running it over the side into the
> > water. I have read the pros and cons of attaching a
> > lightning protection system and what i need is more
> > or less emergency measures incase i get caught in a
> > thunder storm>?????
> > Here is our answer:
> > You''re right, there are a number of differing
> > opinions on this topic. Friends of mine who just
> > spent a year cruising to the Caribbean and back
> > swear by the use of their lightning wire--a device
> > they clamp to the shrouds and then throw the
> > remainder of the wire overboard to ground the boat.
> > That said, many of the experts prefer a
> > well-grounded lightning rod fixed to the masthead.
> > Nigel Calder writes comprehensively about such
> > systems in his book "Boatowner''s Mechanical and
> > Electrical Manual," which is available in the
> > SailNet Store on line
> > (http://www.sailnet.com/store/item.cfm?pid=230).
> > Also, you might want to do a search on SailNet for
> > lightning as we have four or five pretty good
> > articles with recommendations.
> > Here''s wishing you the best of luck on this topic.
> > Dan Dickison
> > Editorial Director
> > SailNet.com
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