Thank you for your time and knowledge in this great review.
I found it very interesting and it does solidify everything I have read on lighting
strikes to boats.
I did my own exhaustive review of boats and lightning
strikes years ago after my 50 foot ketch
was struck twice two years in a row. I was attempting to find some method to prevent me from suffering the same fate in the future.
Both times all my instruments were fried to include VHF
instruments and GPS
. The boat itself was well grounded and never damaged.
I have heard that grounded boats have a higher chance of getting hit than non grounded ones!
Also on both occasions the boat was in the harbor on a mooring
with one strike witnessed by a fellow boater who stated it appeared to be a "near strike" because he actually saw the lightning hit the water
"near" my boat. Non-the-less my instruments were again fried.
So my question is, can a lighting
strike generate enough static electricity to damage instruments without it being a direct hit?
I do believe this exists and therefore find it futile to disconnect instruments in a lighting storm as some suggest if indeed it is static electricity that we are dealing with in some cases.
Incidentally after the second strike the following year my insurance
company cancelled my policy because they found me to be a "bad risk". I guess they felt I must have pissed off God or something :-)
A final note is to again alert people that if they come upon someone who has been struck by lighting and unconscious is to immediately perform mouth to mouth EVEN IF THEY HAVE A PULSE!!! The strike may not stop their heart but it will knock out their respiratory drive in the brain and this is where mouth to mouth can save a life in an otherwise dead person. The respiratory drive will again take over after a period of time.