Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Bathurst NB
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Re: Rookie on a San Juan 21
Stay away from the mast, stays and shroud, pull pit and pushpit, life line, compression post...every part made out of steel. The best thing would be to get a shore but if not possible just keep going... I think you would be suprised how not often sailboat get hit by a lightning strike.( any 1 here got hit??)
Make sure that your boat is grounded properly, usally a heavy wirer runs from the shroud/stays to the keel or a bronze plate that is through bolted to the hull under the water line, usally on the keel but i'm not sure that would work on the San Juan. I even saw boats where the wirer lead to the motor. (inboard engines)
Anchoring doesn't really groud your boat properly, even if you have all chain rode.. the electrical contact is poor between the chain links.
Oh yeah and if you can, put all your electronics in a metal box or in the oven.
I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits." - Bernard