Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
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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?
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
USCG Certified Captain, 50 Ton Master and OUPV
ASA Certified 101/103/104/105/106
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Tall Rig Breakin' Away, Universal Diesel M35B, Mantus 35 lb. anchor, sailing out of Rock Hall Landing Marina