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Old 04-05-2009
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I enjoyed reading Depthwish's account of the fuses shooting out like bullets. I noticed the same phenomenon in the late seventies on a boat that had been struck. In this case bus fuses had shot accross the nav station leaving pock marks in the opposite bulkhead. I've seen a number of strikes, but only a nearby strike myself that had no effect other than showing 88 messages on my answering machine. It is difficult to evaluate the effectiveness of protection devices as there is such great variety in the instensity of strikes and the resulting damage. Unfortunately, and in common with so many other bad interpretations of scientific data, people give to much credit to annecdotal advice. 'reminds me of my contrary witted friends that won't wear a seatbelt because they heard of some guy that was thrown from the vehicle as the onlly survivor. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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I raced on a Cal 40 in the 70's that was struck in its slip late at night. An observer on another boat saw a ball travel down the mast and light up the cabin before it disipated. He watched for a while and didn't notice any issues but the electricity melted the nylon bushing around the depth trasducer and the boat sunk in its slip. The boat bottom was polished graphite and the keel was solid lead.
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Many years ago a friend and his new trophy wife flew to Florida to sail a newly purchased Freedom 40 back to the Hudson; a remarkable venture for their honeymoon since she had never been on a sailboat before. Some time later we found ourselves sharing a little anchorage by Bannerman's Island with the couple aboard their Freedom 40. Delighted to see them again, I asked how their journey had gone and was informed that en route they had been struck by lightning twice -- losing a mast with each strike. When I expressed my concern and asked the lovely bride what she thought after the second strike, she responded, "I didn't think much about it. After all, after the first strike I just thought it was part of sailing.'
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