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A new lightning ground design

The same company that sells the silver coated ripstop nylon I use on my radar reflector also sell a fabric mesh of stainless steel. If one added floatation to it, a #1 guage tinned stranded cable and a good clamp connector to be clamped to the mast, it would make a good lightning ground. I can think of a few special things like maximizing edge length and including a poly rope for holding it in place and maybe some thick teflon insulators to keep it away from stanchions too. I'd like to make these as lightning grounds that can be deployed while underway.
Testing would be a problem.
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Not sure I'd buy your radar reflector or your lightning ground system but I truly admire that you continue to think out of the box. Sooner or later you will hit paydirt.
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I'm just trying to make my sailing tax deductible.
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I'm just trying to make my sailing tax deductible.
Why don't you call Bernie Madoff for advice with that. I hear he has time on his hands
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Re: A new lightning ground design

And how is your stainless mesh and extra kit going to be any smaller, faster, cheaper, more effective, better in any way, than simply having an external keel, a keel-stepped mast, and a proper cable installed connecting the two?
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