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Old 31-03-2006, 09:34   #1
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I have about 100' of 6" copper foil, and I was wondering what the best way to run the foil through the bulkheads.
Could I use aluminum toerail which is pretty considerable in size has fasteneres running every 2-3 inches or so, and runs the entire length of the boat. And then run strap from the toerail to various compartments like the anchor locker, under v-birth, under main cabin bunks?

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Old 01-04-2006, 15:38   #2
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What are you trying to accomplish with the copper foil? Usually copper foil is used to make low inductance connections for rf or lightning applications. 6 inch wide foil is nasty stuff to have to work with when not in a straight line.

If you are attempting to make minimum inductance connections then by making right angle connections to the toe rail you actually introduce geometric problems for lightning protection or rf runs.
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I am grounding the Ham Radio Antenna. Usually large surface area of metal serves as the counterpoise or the return path for the RF energy. I will glass in the copper into the hull under watertanks, lazarette, and all the easily reachable bunks. But how to connect the metal together becomes a probelm.
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