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Old 12-08-2007
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Just wasting my life watching youtube police taser videos(mmm charbroiled) and it reminded me of a question about a boat I was looking at.
I noticed its bob stay had an insulator.. so naturally I asked why. Turns out the lifelines turn into an electric fence. Neato. Just remember not to touch them when you get up in the middle of the night
So, I have to ask...

Does this really keep the boogie men away?
Is this legal?
Would stray currents destroy your electronics/compass?
Anyone try this?

I have heard it proposed before, but the best solution to said boogie men I have ever heard from a cruiser was from this older gal sailing across the pacific. Aside from a derringer she carried in her boosum, she had a aqueous foam fire extinguisher filled with red pepper spray. Still put out a fire with it if you had too!
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I'd imagine that a hot electric fence would help keep the riff-raff off of the boat... I've heard about electric-fence type defenses on larger boats, that have the electrical generation capacity to support them, but have never actually seen one.

Properly designed and isolated, it shouldn't cause any electrolysis or other issues.
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Many farm electric fences are solar powered. I use to have one.
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the major problem i see is that ss lifelines are relatively high resistance. that and the saltwater shorting the system out.
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