Warm Weather Sailor
Join Date: Sep 2006
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After I got hit I read everything I could get my hands on about lightning and boats and came to the conclusion that praying was my best bet. Been working so far, eleven years and counting. The charge went through my boat from stem to stern. When we hauled her later burn marks were evident at all the through hulls and at the gudgeon although my boat's through hulls are not bonded. Of course all electronics were shot, the only good thing was that my handheld vhf was not affected and I was able to contact the coast guard and keep contact with them every hour until I reached port the next day. It was quite disconcerting when the CG told me that all damage might not be immediately evident and that, for example, keel bolts might be compromised. Not much we can do to avoid a strike, don't waste your money on bottle washers or jumper cables from the shrouds.
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
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