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Old 01-20-2013
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Re: lightning advice

Originally Posted by Maine Sail View Post

I am not saying not to have an effective way of grounding at all. I have it and had it and was still struck by lightning. I can still see the big flash inside my boat this summer when the bolt hit. This dispite a dynaplate grounding system and a burr dissapator on the mast head. I am no more afraid of a lightning strike now then I was before last summer, although I dont want to go through the experience again. They only way to prevent that is to stop sailing ( fat chance)

I respectfully disagree that you can prevent your boat from being struck or even direct the lightning without physical proof.

Do you have knowledge that having extensive lightening protection system on the boat other than basic grounding to the engine or a dynaplate is effective and will cause the lightening to follow that path andc minimize damage?

Most I have talked to including the most respected electric. electronics person here in Annapolis says you can waste thousands of dollars integrating this, but it is no gaurentee and there is not real data which indicates that the electricity from a strike, or side strike can be effecively DIRECTED to a SPECIFIC path.

He beleives in providing one or two ways of grounding as this may be one of paths the elctricity will follow and it would foolish not to at least provide a path and have things grounded.

He also beleives there is no proof that you can protect your boat from being struck other than to minimize where it is physically, nothing you can include on the boat which will act as a force field to shun the strike or to attract or not attract it.

If you have this knowledge share it so I and others can install it on or boats.

Surely if this works maybe we can convince the insurance companies to lower our policies, if we install these measures as we are less likely to have damage and if we do it will be less expensive to them.

Last edited by chef2sail; 01-20-2013 at 02:57 PM.
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