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View Poll Results: Have you been *in open water with lightning hitting the water*? If so what happened?
Have never been in open water with lightning striking the water. 9 31.03%
Have been many times (open water AND lightning hitting water) and did NOT get hit 11 37.93%
Have been many times (open water AND lightning hitting water) and DID get hit 2 6.90%
Have been once (open water AND lightning hitting water) and did NOT get hit 6 20.69%
Have been once (open water AND lightning hitting water) and DID get hit 1 3.45%
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Have been once (open water AND lightning hitting water) and DID get hit.
Indirectly causing the high frequencys on the HF to burn out.

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Was out once, coming back to home port & the fleet got caught in a massive high winds storm with more lightning than most people are comfortable seeing at one time. We did not get hit, but several strikes were awfully close by. It didn't appear to have hurt our electronics.

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As posted in the other lightening site about that bottle brush:
With all the years that I have sailed and all the boats & ships I have been on, I've only been struck once by lightening.
It hit the SSB antenna blew out the Antenna coupler and the SSB before it went to ground through the SSB's grounding strap. All that was worth saving was the carasses of those two elements.
This was a steel hulled boat so we weren't worried about anything. All the other electronics were operational and not harmed.
But all the time I have been out there and had lightening strikes all around and that was the only one.
But if you put a lightening rod or one of those bottle brushes on your mast. Be damn sure that it is well grounded to a solid grounding plate on the keel. That way you won't blow out your electronics. Unless the hit is on an antenna that is.
In fact have everything well grounded to that grounding plate

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Mostly inshore electrical storms, some pretty bad, no hits. During one storm some crew members reported a hair raising, prickling sensation of static electricity in their skin.
I've been lucky so far. Lightning is quite fickle and unpredictable. Your chances of being struck out on the ocean may actually be lower then when near a land mass because there is so much of nothing but ocean out there. OTOH, your mast may (or may not) attract a strike since there is nothing else taller around.

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The Math guys figure that being struck by lightening is about 5,000:1.
But when you have billions of people on this earth, well you don't want to be the 5k person in the count as they start with #1 after they got to 5k.
Because that is about 1,375,940 people a year being struck by lightening. Using 6,879,700,000 for the population in 2009 for now.
In fact the odds of being struck by lightening is better then winning that BIG Lottery which is about 7,000,000:1. Dang-it.

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