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Re: Womboat Takes a Strike.

It could be a lot worse. You and the wife are OK, you have a beautiful boat and she's still floating. All else is a bump in the road.

Best of luck getting her back in the water, and hope your insurance company plays fair.


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Re: Womboat Takes a Strike.

Jim, yes we are fine. and it is not life and limb we are talking about here, merely time and a few bucks.

None of this good people has me down. Oh sure I'm pissed that our summer sailing season is over and that even with the insurance we'll be out a few dollars but really my purpose is to discuss how it all goes with insurers, repairers etc. Maybe we'll all end up with a better idea on how to deal with such events.

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Re: Womboat Takes a Strike.

Just read all this and am sorry to hear it.

Seems to be one of those 'freak' things that you here about, but I am becoming more and more surprised how often it does seem to actually happen.

Best of luck getting it all sorted.

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Re: Womboat Takes a Strike.

sorry for your loss and glad you guys are ok. started a thread which asked what could be done about lighting strikes a while back. Consensus in my personal research was grounding straps or plates with sufficient edge surface may mitigate risk of catastrophic damage and sinking at very slight increase in risk of being hit. Think your being grounded and bonded decreased your risk of side flashes. Hence, if you were in the boat the risk of death. Unlike a plane think devices to limit static charge on a boat have little utility. Boat is sitting in it's ultimate ground ( the salt sea) whereas a plane ( or car on it's rubber wheels) is not directly grounded. A plane is usually metal and like a metal boat acts as it's own faraday cage. Wood or GRP structures are a different beast given the material is a fairly good insulator. Hence the extreme heating and pinholes etc. So much juice sufficent to melt metal ( with little impedance) will sure do a number on a glass hull.

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