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Old 14 April 2013, 14:41   #11
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Er yes, frightening when you can hear the strikes on the sea. Not something I would want to repeat I just used large helpings of WOT.
On that boat the 2" A frame was a through hull fixing, so I thought that the worse result would be to loose the stern
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I have just been reading on the internet that while out at sea in an open boat especially boats that are made of fiberglass or wood, people are more at risk of being killed or seriously injured during a thunderstorm if struck by lightning more so than the larger metal boats because there is nowhere for the current to disperse or find earth, so a person is the next best thing for it to find earth, making us ribbers very vulnerable.
Seems to me that a glass or wood boat would actually insulate you from the water, making you a less conductive path to water than something like my hull, where it's aluminum from my feet to the water.

I suppose a strike to the boat would have more dispersion damage than a metal hull as the current tried to find a route; don't know. At those voltages and currents electricity does weird things.

All in all I think I'd rather sit out a thunderstorm on shore in either case. If on the water, dunno: pray?

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Seems to me that a glass or wood boat would actually insulate you from the water, making you a less conductive path to water than something like my hull, where it's aluminum from my feet to the water

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Apparently not from a direct strike j. because fiberglass is such a good insulator, if struck, the charge will look for something else to find earth. i.e. a person.
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I have just been reading on the internet that while out at sea in an open boat especially boats that are made of fiberglass or wood, people are more at risk of being killed or seriously injured during a thunderstorm if struck by lightning more so than the larger metal boats because there is nowhere for the current to disperse or find earth, so a person is the next best thing for it to find earth, making us ribbers very vulnerable.

Apart from lowering the ariel, then staying low and avoid holding the microphone, I guess that there isn't much else you can do but hope that you don't get hit.

Is there anything else you can do to protect yourself if caught out in a thunderstorm and minimise the risk ??
Your alright Herman as long as you stop doing this
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Apparently not from a direct strike j. because fiberglass is such a good insulator, if struck, the charge will look for something else to find earth. i.e. a person.
But unless you're dangling your leg over the side, you ain't earthed, you're insulated by the hull
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But unless you're dangling your leg over the side, you ain't earthed, you're insulated by the hull
Makes sense PD.

Typical I can't find the article I was reading, I think that it was the US coastguard that says more deaths were caused by small open fiberglass/wooden boats than the larger metal boats.
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But unless you're dangling your leg over the side, you ain't earthed, you're insulated by the hull
Well, unless you are standing in water (a bone dry deck in a thunderstorm?) or touching anything that is earthed - like anything joined to the engine...
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