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Old 16-09-2009, 14:43   #16
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Lightning strike in Panama on 3 boats

I just found out that in the last 6 months or so 3 boats got hit in Bocas del Toro Panama. 2 in the marina, one got it and other suffered damage next to it
My boat was 3 boats away. Also another got hit anchored out at a different time 300 yards away. Fryed all electronics but no holes in the boat..One owner said he had insurance from a firm in the Netherlands.. No problem with payment after the $5k deductible. Boat was 1985 in nice condition and the covered everything new 42ft and in prime condition. They pay $2400 per year.

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Old 16-09-2009, 16:03   #17
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Some US coastal polices will even offer a lower $500 electronics deductible on newer vessels. I don't know of any offshore (i.e., Caribbean coverage) policies that will do that.

Changing the subject a bit:
Our boat builder put on a thing called a "Strikeshield" but I can't guarantee you that it works (how do you prove a negative?) However, I've noticed that I get a lot of lightning claims for catamarans stored ashore. So when we hauled the boat, we buried the anode from the strikeshield cable in the dirt. Don't know if that will help, but worth trying. I have no affiliation with this product, nor do I vouch for it's efficacy. YMMV.

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Old 19-09-2009, 10:43   #18
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Mast is down

The mast came down on Friday. It was a little anti-climactic. I guess I was expecting more carnage on the top of the mast. My initial report was inaccurate. The VHF antenna is all still there. Looks like the Windex took the brunt of the strike. I was surprised not to see more scorching in the general vicinity. Lightning is just plain weird. The mast and rigging looked fine to my untrained eye. I kept thinking about Moondancer's post about a quarter sized spot of discoloration on a mast that he had seen hit by lightning, but I couldn't find anything. The insurance surveyor is going to look it over next week. I've attached some pictures. I'll say this, a sailboat is a sad thing without its mast.
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