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post #21 of Old 10-05-2012
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Re: Boy killed by lightning in our anchorage, what would you do?

Originally Posted by MarkSF View Post
So far no-one has mentioned how dangerous the wheel and tiller are in a lightning storm. They both provide an excellent path to ground. Worst case would be one hand holding some rigging, the other the wheel. Best plan is to stay out of the cockpit entirely, and go below.
I learned this lession the hard way. As I said in a different post I was just sitting in the cockpit between the wheel and back rail watch a storm pass off in the distance when I felt the charge and watch the steering weel lite up then move thru me to the back rail. It felt like being zapped by the coil for an old car (15k volts) or 240 volt house current,I've been zapped by both.

I think sitting inside the cabin waiting out the storm is the only safe answer. Unlike Chef nothing other then me got crispped that night.
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