Lately with several nearby boats getting hit with heavy electronic damage, and fortunately nobody was hurt, I have gotten more concerned about our deck stepped mast.
A good friend of mine swears that the boat has to have a grounding strap in the construction somewhere, but I have not found it yet. Any suggestions? Perhaps someone knows a good source for construction information about this boat, since the yard in Bristol, RI has been converted to a yc/marina.
There is a cast aluminum deck plate with four or five bolts and an offset mahogany panel for the head to port and the locker to starboard. The door to the head has a 3" x 4" (approximate) mahogany post. I have not been able to find any signs of lightning protection straps, copper tubes, cables in this area under the cabin sole.
This also leads me to another question, our keel is fiberglass encapsulated, so how could they have used the keel as ground? I am hoping that these issues were worked out when they built the boat, but somehow I don't think they had the same standards for boat certification that they have now.
I've thought about running a protected #5-6 copper cable down from the step, to an new bronze thru hull bolt which clamps onto a new heavy copper plate (about 2 sf ft) that I would fiberglass to the outside of the hull.
Any constructive thoughts you might have would be appreciated.
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