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lightening strikes 29 foot boat on a trailer

ever wondered what happens when lightening strikes a 29 foot boat sitting on a trailer

with the mst down

bit frightening

YouTube - ‪Lightning Strike‬‏

not my film by the way

just interesting

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My 30' Hunter was struck while docked on Lake Michigan several years ago. The mast was grounded through the keel and damage was relatively minimal; the radio antennae was burned off of the mast head, the radio, depth sounder and knot meter were destroyed. Where one of the chain plates was bolted inside the cabin, a book that was on an adjoining shelf had a hole burned through the cover.

A few years prior i saw a boat that didn't fare as well. A sailboat was struck on a lake in Georgia. The lightning struck arced to the metal dock blowing a line of holes through the hull at the waterline, sinking the boat.

I'm currently moored in So. Cal on the Pacific. I have removed the ground line to the keel in salt water to avoid degradation of the disparate metals, but lightning is rare here.
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