I have read through the whole threat and I am not sure wheter or not I now know what to do. I am in the process of preparing for the General licence, so I am still trying to climb up the learning
curve. So please forgive me for some ignorance on the knowledge level.
I want to ask a very practical question and I would be a happy man, if you could just try to guide me in a certain direction.
The situation on my boat:
: isolated backstay
Boat: Katamaran, 39'
Location of the tuner: port side sugar scube
possible area for a copper foil to be layed out 1,5 sqm (16sqft)
Dynaplat: installed, but do not know how well it is still working
Distance from ground connection of the tuner to Dynaplate through hull
bolts: 1,5m (5 feet).
Tuner: CG 3000
TRX: Yaesu 857
Bronze through hull
connections: none (all old existing once converted to plasic)
From all I learnt do far (or better what I believe I learnt so far) I understand I have the following options for ground or counterpoise
2. Just a whire in some or similar lenght as KISS
3. Just any random combination of copper wires thrown into the bilge
4. Copper strap from tuner ground to Dynaplate bolts
5. Copper foil laid out and glued to the hull with maximum possible area of 1,5 sqm (10 sqft due to onbord restrictions), with or without a connection to the Dynaplate.
6. Any combination of the measures 1-5
What is your opinion which route
I should go?
Another question with respect to the Dynaplate: I have no clue how much the thing is already rotton. I have cleaned the outside surface with sanding
and stell brushing so it is shiny again. However what about the inside structures which I cannot reach? I bought the Dynaplate with the boat (or the other way round), so far I have not heard any good things about the Dynaplate (massive deteriation over short time). Why do you guys still think it is a good measure to connect the ground to the sea water?
Many thanks for your advice