Originally Posted by unbusted67
1] What do people do to avoid being hit by lightning? 2]Does the fact that you have a huge metal rod sticking up in the middle of the ocean greatly increase your chances of being struck (I feel dumb asking this)? 3]What do people do if they are struck, can you rig a mast to act as a lighting rod to disperse electricity? 4]I know that there are other dangers that come with sailing into a thunder storm, high, squally winds and such, but I am mostly wondering about the electricity part, the theory behind it.
1] Build a power cat
2] Absolutely, we got drilled big time
3] We had our outboard
in the water
, it toasted the fuses
, melted the rubber bush around the prop so we had no drive, fried all the electric's and elctronic's except the cheap
fluro and nav light's and actually blew wiring
out of the glassed in conduits.
4] we sailed back [couple of hundred miles]under heavily reduced sail as we couldnt trust the rigging
wire, and had it all replaced under insurance