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No, no spoof, you can actually be electrocuted by stray current in the water. It doesn't take much to start heart defibrillation, and I know I've also read of at least death this way. Being in the water is not safe. That's why SCUBA divers are taught never to dive when lightning may strike (i.e. in storms) because the differential charge across your body is still enough to kill you--even if the strike is not right "on" you.
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No, no spoof, you can actually be electrocuted by stray current in the water. It doesn't take much to start heart defibrillation, and I know I've also read of at least death this way. Being in the water is not safe. That's why SCUBA divers are taught never to dive when lightning may strike (i.e. in storms) because the differential charge across your body is still enough to kill you--even if the strike is not right "on" you.
Sorry I forgot about the site being mostly US based,

You guys have a seriously dagerous mains system compaired to the UK

120v ac and no default earth. the potential for getting fried by the mains over there is legendary.

I must look into this further. If your power stations arnt earthed at source, floating voltages would be possable, (though such a third world concept being associated with the US wasnt something I'd ever cosidered before )

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As Sailingdog's link points out, the fault was internal to a boat--and not caused by the US power system. Our grid is indeed "earthed" at each station. Most telling is "The bottom line was that if the boat had been properly wired or a GFCI placed ahead of the shore power cord, we would have our son today."
AFAIK, by now all US electrical codes require the installation of a GFI device anytime there's a shock hazard possible from water. It sounds like they were in the boonies (much of Oregon is) in an area with loose codes, at a marina that was just too damned cheap to install what is considered normal safety equipment these days. (I've seen marina and boatyard power outlets with GFIs intrinsic in them for years, they typically add $5-10 to the price per installation, at retail.)

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Oh great !!

What's a hooka system?


Good topic. Isn't it good to have a little slim on your bottom? Doesn't it act like the slim on a fish ? Makes your boat slippery? Hummm,,, My oPYnion is the long hair stuff holds you back and for you salts the hard shell stuff is the serious drag.

Sorry, do we create work for ourselves when we should be sailing? ( honing our skills? ) I worry about the America's Cup.
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A hooka system is basically an air compressor, a long hose and an air regulator, that you can use to breath while underwater for an extended period of time. Like a powered air snorkle.
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A hooka system is basically an air compressor, a long hose and an air regulator, that you can use to breath while underwater for an extended period of time. Like a powered air snorkle.
OK Got'cha. I remember seeing boats at Santa Barbara Calif. set up with those rigs not to long ago. Thanks... Not seen them on lake Erie ---Yet.
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