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lightning protection

I know the subject has been discussed at length on the forums but I have not seen anything on whether or not, today's boat builders integrate any lighting protection in their designs as standard? Do they?
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Re: lightning protection

To my knowledge many meet ABYC standards for bonding-after that you're on your own. May wish to look at website of a professor from Florida. Does business as Marine Lighting Protection. Also many folks use a grounding/lighting protection plate from Ward's an marine electrical supply house also in Florida. My boats in the past have not come with lighting protection.
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Re: lightning protection

French boats use a tinned braided copper from the shrouds to the keel bolts which is not ABYC compliant. On C&C 99's they use a solid copper conductor from a shroud rod to the fuel tank and then to a keel bolt and this is not ABYC compliant either.

There is little consistency or compliance in this area.If you name a specific boat you'll get a more specific answer.
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Thanks boatpoker. I have a 2013 Beneteau Oceanis 41...
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Re: lightning protection

There will probably be a cable that looks like those below running from a keel bolt up under the liner to a (usually) starboard shroud rod plate.
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