SailNet Community - View Single Post - lightning advice
View Single Post
Old 01-20-2013
chef2sail chef2sail is offline
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 7,069
Thanks: 30
Thanked 58 Times in 54 Posts
Rep Power: 0
chef2sail will become famous soon enough
Send a message via AIM to chef2sail
Re: lightning advice

Originally Posted by noelex77 View Post
The consensus is that grounding slightly reduces the chance of strike.

Grounding reduces the charges that can accumulate at the masthead and attract the lightning.
The effect, however, is very small. The only real practical effect is to reduce the damage.
Thats the direct masthead strike, we were hit by a side strike through the water. I agree, trying to prevent a strike may not be possible, Trying to minimize damage...not sure that works either, though I believe its important to give the lightning a path or two to exit or it will blow holes in things to find its way to exit. The question is can you really direct the exit or path of the elkctricity once its on board, or will it seeks its own path off depending where it entered.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook