Originally Posted by zeehag
i havent pix ofth ebendytoy that keeps getting hit in slidelllouisianna- butt he second time, the lightning damage went half way tothemans house and he HAD lightning protection--tells me it doesnt work..LOL--firstt ime was 6 months to repair his boat, second time i amnot sure if is 1 or 1 1/2 yrs, or a total write off. LOL that is a NASA ENGINEER
WITH STATE OF ART PROTECTION FROM A RANDOM INCIDENT..lol
Well... I have no "pirate", "Donald Duck", or any other alter egos, so skipping the foolishness, and in plane English
#1 Lightning doesn't care what the profession is of the owner a structure.
#2 "Lightning Protection", = Grounding structures, does not keep them from being hit or being damaged, any more than good tread on your tires totally prevents wrecks! What "lightning protection" does, is give the strike a more direct, lower resistance path to ground, so it will not HAVE to go through the structure. It VASTLY improves your odds of survival, while minimizing damage to the structure. This has been statistically proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, for decades.
#3 NO amount of anecdotal evidence, giving cases where the structure was damaged in spite of being grounded, changes anything. If it has a lightning rod, LARGE copper conductor, and straight path to large copper ground, the odds of survival for both the structure and it's occupants are VASTLY improved. (Perhaps X 100)
Life is full of ways to be taken out before your time. We can't "prevent" our exit, but we can most certainly "postpone" it. I choose to drive with a well maintained vehicle with good tires, and install a proper lightning protection system on my boats. It is totally rational for others to just "not want to go to the trouble", but it's not rational to claim "they don't improve one's odds" as the reason.
Like so often happens, the OP's original question is getting lost
... I apologize for my contribution to this. On your charter
, the length of time you'll be out there is so short, that lightning is the least of your worries! (Your odds of being hit during one week, are like thousands to one against).
HOWEVER... Know what you're doing, anchor
well and set the hook hard, (I even dive on mine), keep a sharp watch, don't hit anything, and don't fall off of the boat. Then, while onshore, dress down, don't wear jewelry, be polite, and don't be out late at night drunk. THESE are ways to improve your odds as well, and way more risk to ignore than the fact that most charter
boats do not have lightning protection.
Be smart, be careful, and relax! ENJOY YOUR VACATION
, you'll be fine.
BTW... The information that I have shared with CF regarding the subject of "lightning Protection" is not "my opinion", or the result of reading an article or two. It's the result of years of research
(HUNDREDS of articles), while I was building my boats, my being an ABYC member
and considering their recommendations, as well as paying for the results, (video & book), put out after a multiyear study done by the U of Fl on a government
grant. I looked for a consensus! With all things "science", you look for a consensus of opinion. There is a strong one here. Science isn't perfect, it's just the closest to real "answers" that we will ever come.