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Did someone say lightning?

As powerful thunderstorms rolled through Massachusetts and New England on Saturday, one man was recording as lightning struck a nearby sailboat in South Boston.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/lightning...ve-video-shows
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Re: Did someone say lightning?

And God said, "Eff that boat in particular."
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Has anyone heard what type of damage was done? My boat got hit once while at the dock( no one on board) and the only thing I ever found was blown out nav lights and a melted circuit board in the depth finder.
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Re: Did someone say lightning?

The owner is on the FaceBook Bristol group.

He says every fuse was blown and electronics fried, but no other big damage.

No one was on board.

The through hulls were not bonded to the ground bus. Owner says this is why they weren't blown out (and sunk the boat), other comments say this is why it was hit.

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Re: Did someone say lightning?

How could thru hull bonding, or lack thereof, have anything to do with whether a boat is hit by lightening. What happens when one is hit by lightening, may be another point.

Just recently read an article that static dissipators donít work. We have one. Witchcraft I guess. I wonder if this boat had one.


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Re: Did someone say lightning?

Some posters felt that a bonded boat wouldn't build up a charge.

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Some posters felt that a bonded boat wouldn't build up a charge.

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Sounds like more witchcraft.
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Some posters felt that a bonded boat wouldn't build up a charge.

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Sounds like more witchcraft.
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Re: Did someone say lightning?

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...It is a Bristol 29.9, finest boats ever made.
I talked to another Bristol 29 owner who had his boat sunk by lighting. Maybe the sailing gods hate Brisols .

My view with lighting is that weíre dealing with such high voltages that we can do very little control its path. Itíll go where it wants to, and the route will largely be based on an essentially random path that is hard to control or foresee.

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The owner is on the FaceBook Bristol group.

He says every fuse was blown and electronics fried, but no other big damage.

No one was on board.

The through hulls were not bonded to the ground bus. Owner says this is why they weren't blown out (and sunk the boat), other comments say this is why it was hit.

It is a Bristol 29.9, finest boats ever made.

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That's amazing, because it looked like there was a big fireball inside the boat and on deck. I had been expecting to hear that there was a fire onboard from the way the video looked.

Bonding thruhulls is generally done for corrosion reasons - not for lightning. Lightning bonding should be a separate system.

Anyone saying that not having the thruhulls bonded is the reason for the strike are wrong - and a second or two of thinking would show why.

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