[Public-List] Lightning Ground
sail_505 at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 26 13:42:37 PDT 2013
There was an 18' runabout that took a direct hit here last Sunday. Two young kids onboard. It stuck the aluminum windshield frame next to the driver and exited about 3 feet back and blew a 6" hole though the deck. They were not injured except for ringing on the ears from the noise. They went to the hospital but nothing wrong. They were surrounded by sailboats at the time of the strike. Go figure?
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From: "Gordon Laco" <mainstay at csolve.net>
Sent: July 26, 2013 1:52 PM
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Subject: Re: [Public-List] Lightning Ground
I told a good friend who is an ardent Christian that I pray to mythological gods from extinct religions during storms. I infuriated him with my reasoning which went like this:
"A long ignored god might be more likely to grant me something I want but possibly don't deserve out of gratitude for having attention paid, after being forgotten"
He condescended to see the humour (as I hope you folks will to)
On 2013-07-26, at 1:22 PM, Kris Coward <kris at melon.org> wrote:
> I remember the last time I was out in a lightning storm with a bunch of
> friends, I pointed out that the strip of steel on the stem is attached
> to the bow casting, which is connected to the forestay, so if we're
> struck, we should be prepared for the forestay to melt, and the jib to
> catch fire. Also, the ground sheath on the coax leading up the the
> antenna is almost certainly bonded (or easily shorted) to the ground on
> the DC system, so the ground wires supplying the radio stand a decent
> chance of catching fire (as does the radio), and neither the radio nor
> the engine should be expected to work after a strike. Then I reminded
> them that there's no such thing as an atheist in a storm, and invited
> them to pray to anyone or anything that they could hope to keep us from
> getting struck.
> I suspect your masthead is similarly *ahem* grounded, so no point
> fussing about with the keel (especially since it's already been pointed
> out that the keel's encapsulated anyway).
> On Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 08:42:15AM -0700, Bill Boyle wrote:
>> Anyone know if the mast is grounded to the keel? If so, how? If not, does anyone have thoughts on how to do that?
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