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Capt. Gary Randall
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Re: Boy killed by lightning in our anchorage, what would you do?

If you are walking along a beach in the water you'd become a conductor to ground. This is not acceptable. Most sailboats have a ground plate is attached to the mast and bonded through out all the hull fittings including the shaft, if it is a inboard. You are much safer aboard the vessel as the mast becomes the conductor and discharges the lightning through the ground plate. captg


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