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  • #16
    Originally posted by Capt Sully View Post
    I know a guy he swears by, having a set of Jumper Cables attached to the mast on his Sailboat. With one end hanging in the water.
    He hasn't had the chance to see if it works yet......... lol
    Well maybe the flash as the jumper cable explodes and vaporizes won't kill him...who knows.
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    • #17
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      • #18
        Originally posted by Buster_boy View Post
        I'd bet the folks in the sail boat have some slippery and stinky floors to clean up now. We won't even talk about items of clothing.
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        • #19
          I got caught in a pop up lightning storm 2 weeks ago,... the closest 'safest' area I could find were some moored sail boats,... so I anchored close to them, went below deck and prayed,... luckily im still here to type this.
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          • #20
            The bigger the sailboat, the more likely it is that it will have a grounding rod through the mast and keel, then out the bottom. Or at least thats what I've been told by they sailors who travel the Great Lakes all summer.

            In the event of a strike, it will direct it through to the water.
            There still can, and likely will be damage, but it will not be traveling through your body to get to the water.

            But actually, according to my physics teacher at the UW, the direct ground from water to top of mast will act to dissipate the electrical charge which attracts the negative charge of the electrons in the sky. So if there is no attracting charge on the boat, the likelihood of a direct strike is greatly diminished.

            This is the same system used on barns and large buildings for years and years. Those cute little lightning rods on the roof dissipates the charge so the lightning is not attracted to the building.

            According to NOAA, 14 people were killed by lightning while boating between 2006 - 2013, so less than 2 per year.
            Just as many people were killed while camping, or playing soccer.
            Another 30 people were killed while fishing, including from bridges, piers, or shore.
            Still less than 6 per year for boating and fishing combined.
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            • #21
              I just saw this reporting 323 reindeer killed by a lightning strike. - Grandad
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              • #22
                Originally posted by Grandad View Post
                I just saw this reporting 323 reindeer killed by a lightning strike. - Grandad
                https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ne...eindeer/71628/
                As long as Buster keeps reindeer off his boat.................................
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Grandad View Post
                  I just saw this reporting 323 reindeer killed by a lightning strike. - Grandad
                  https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ne...eindeer/71628/
                  Yea I saw that as well. Sad for so many to have been killed instantly like that. But then again, better then lingering for days I guess. I sure hope that don't allow all that to go to waste. When I was in Alaska, Reindeer Sausage and Pink Salmon were advertised everywhere. And Of course I had to try it as well. Yum Yum.
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                  • #24
                    I saw that. Now how am I going to get my boat to fly? LOL

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                    • #25
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                      Lightning strikes are every boaters worst nightmare, terrifying things they are. I'd just recommend you avoid boating in such conditions - otherwise just pray and hope for the best.

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