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Yes, but when the voltage potential is 10,000,000-120,000,000 volts, and the distance is less than 4 meters... chances are pretty good that it'll fry the portable electronics, don't you think??
Especially, when most IC chips will fry when the voltage rises from 3.3 volts to just 5-6 volts.
I'd point out that with a radius of 4 meters, that covers pretty much almost all of any boat up to about 36-40' long or so... since you generally won't be in the cockpit during a lightning storm and the most likely point of impact is the mast... On a 40' boat, the mast is about 16-20' from the bow... and the boat is 13-14' wide...
So, if your boat is struck by lightning, there isn't much chance that handheld electronics are going to survive, unless stowed in a faraday cage of some sort.
Originally Posted by nickmerc
Since the EMF is basically the volatge delta divided by the square of the distance (without any shielding) you would need to be pretty close to the lightnig bolt for that to happen. In theory, yes this is possible. However, in the real world you would need very bad karma to have concern.
This is like the old joke:
If you have a man and a woman standing face to face and the man took a step towrds the woman that was always half the remaining distance would he ever get to her.
The scientist says no. It would take an infinite amount of steps to reach her. The engineer (or realistic person) says you would get close enough for practical purposes.
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