Is there catamaran
manufacturer that offer "Lightning protection" option ... never saw or heard that with Lagoon
? Is is standard ?
Lot of "electronic burning" ... but no comment on damage to the hull
on the lightning
I am a 50 years experienced monohull
cruiser and racer
had C&C's 25, 29 and then 35 until 10 years ago and now for my retreat I want to buy a cruising catamaran
in the Caribbean
So l am looking for the way catamarans are protected because the bottom mast
tip is very far from "a non existent keel" and I worry about how the potential will travel through mast
, etc. with the least damage ...
My 5cents experience ....
I am a mechanical engineer
having some electrical
knowledge and in the years 1980, with my first C&C
25 I had to deal with lightning
protection. All "older sailors" said to me, GROUND your mast and if you can add a 2ft copper rod with a pointed tip on the top of your masthead ... do it !
They said "in that way the potential between your boat
and the clouds will be minimum and if the potential raise too much you will hear sizzle" when little sparks will discharge through your grounded mast. For all my boats I did not install the copper rod, but I have connected 3 copper cables
#6 from my mast end to the bolts of my lead keel
One day in 1985 with my C&C29, on Lake Champlain I was going north along Ile Lamothe when came from west a so dark and low cloud. I navigate close to the shore with large trees, maybe 300ft, said to my wife and children
to stay outside with me and close to the entrance of the cabin
, away from the back stays and the mast. I moved myself close to them driving with a hand in the back.
Then that huge low black cloud, came slowly over us, maybe 200-300 feet over the mast, it was pure silence as we where under sail, no word, an slowly it passed over us until a HUGE LIGHTNING... a HUGE BANG hit the trees just beside us ... nothing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to us. My masthead was higher than the trees.
So from this time,, I know I am well protected. and I my sailing career I passed through 20 other similar storms ... and nothing !
A friend of me had a 25ft sailboat when I made my "grounding protection" and he said I was overstressing about that. One day just in front of the Quebec
Yatch Club, he was hit, water
started to come into the boat
and my chance he rushed in the marina and he landed his boat on the "trailer slope" (English term?) . When they succeeded to put the boat on his trailer
, they found the hull
completely delaminated under the mast... a chance this did not happens in the middle of the Golf in a 38F salt water
Like to know others minds or experience