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Re: My pet fear
Like most Catalinas out of the factory, my boat is not bonded. So far I have avoided getting caught out when lightning was present.
A friend suggested that if you find yourself caught on the water, you should attach a jumper cable (or one of those zinc fish/copper cable things) to the upper and dangle it in the water. While it would seem that this would create an easy path to water that could divert the lightning outside the boat (instead of through it), it could be argued that this increases your chance of getting struck.
What do you guys think? Does dangling a grounding cable in the water help or hurt? FYI, I sail in fresh water - does that change the answer?
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)