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- 15/07/2007 at 5:26 pm #3541Paul SpencerMember
Having started today’s club race n sunshine, we ended it in a thunderstorm. This reminded me of a recent conversation in the bar, when someone suggested that a piece of metal braid from a shroud plate to a bailer would protect the occupants in the event of a lightning strike. This seems a very simple mod, and something that could go into new boats as standard. But does anyone know if lightning strikes are a problem in practice? Do other classes of boat have protection?
Paul16/07/2007 at 2:16 pm #5558AnonymousInactive
I’m no storm expert but having had my boat struck when I was thirty metres away I would be cautious of anything that gives a false sense of security……….had we been in the boat I am sure we would be dead! I’ve read about jump leads etc but my advice would be get off the water if you think you are in the path of a lightning storm, you are a prime target!,racing or not……….(good subject for the bar though)….
From what I have read if you link the shrouds to the bailer you increase your chances of being hit as well as reducing your chances of death if you do get hit……….16/07/2007 at 4:48 pm #5560Dave BarkerKeymaster
Wow! What was the effect on your boat, Dave?16/07/2007 at 5:58 pm #5561AnonymousInactive
Lost the wind indicator, melted the joint or blew it off, never really studied the mast tip before it happened and its two years ago now, otherwise no damage I have been able to detect. Next time I would anchor it and use jumpleads, still I would not be in the boat or near it. And I believe it would be dangerous to be in the water next to the boat too. However going back to the same venue in three weeks………
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