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Re: My pet fear
Been doing this sailing thing for over 50 years and haven't been hit at sea yet, but I have no idea why. We've been surrounded by t-storms with lightning hitting the water within several boat lengths and nothing, nada. My hair crackles and stands on end but the aloy mast, certainly the tallest thing around, doesn't get hit? A lot of times I'll start the engine in particularly bad t-storms, the thought process being an alternator might??? disturb the flow of electrons; doubtful, though.
Dockside, I've had some trouble; strikes coming through the shore power mainly.
By far the most dangerous thing about t-storms, in my opinion is the wind in the leading edge of the storm, after the "calm before the storm". Over 70 knots sometimes. So forget the lightning, it's a real pretty light show, but get your sails down (and start the engine and get that alternator turning?) before the wind hits.