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Old 14 April 2013, 11:46   #1
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Open boats and lightning.

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 ??
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Old 14 April 2013, 11:49   #2
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Old 14 April 2013, 11:50   #3
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Is there anything else you can do to protect yourself if caught out in a thunderstorm and minimise the risk ??
Well yachts commonly earth the mast to the sea to mitigate this risk - presumably concerned ribs could do the same with the A - frame. Even some chain dangling off the A frame in the sea would probably be preferable to going through you - although with a strike that close I suspect all your electrics are dead including any engine electronics?
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Minimise the risk? Check the forecast; any risk of thunderstorms, go to the pub instead ;-).
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Minimise the risk? Check the forecast; any risk of thunderstorms, go to the pub instead ;-).
Sometimes the forecasters get it wrong
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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 ??
Just stick close to PD mate it will get him 1st
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....apart from lowering the periscope, 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.
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Depending upon where you are (i.e. away from shore and taller boats), if you provide a nice earth route to the sea with conductive chain or wire, I would have thought you would actually be encouraging a strike.
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