I have read with interest this discussion about lightening strikes. Since we departed from Mexico
3 years ago we have met more than 40+ boats that have been hit by lightening. One large strike in the mooring
field in Panama
City whacked a number of boats. Side Strikes also count as well.
If you think just because you are not the tallest rig in the anchorage or a power boat
moored between 2 sailboats that it will not come knocking your are mistaken.
We suffered a side strike from a vessel that was anchored 100 yards away. The surprising thing about this was that our auto pilot compass
did not decide to die until a week later. Many of the folks we have talked to continued to have electronics
die months after all was repaired.
The answer for Central America
Pacific side is to get the heck out during the wet season. Ecuador
is the answer!
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