Originally Posted by billknny
If you have ever been involved in repairing a boat that has taken a direct hit by lightening you would know that all those "backups" you carefully put in your magic Faraday cage will be worthless, because you will have nothing to plug
them into! Other than self contained handheld devices, everything else you put in there is a fantasy designed to give you a warm fuzzy feeling BEFORE you get struck.
In most cases some of the instrument and power wiring
has shorted or melted. In severe cases ALL of the wiring
is scrap. You literally remove every thing that was part of the electrical
or electronic system and toss it in the dumpster. One 50 foot sailboat I knew got a $50,000 insurance
check for one lightening bolt.
A direct lightening strike is a time machine. It takes ANY boat right back to the 19th century.
All you who think that you don't need traditional navigation
skills, pay attention.
I once in the last millennium had a steel
gaff rigged boat with a hand start motor
I sailed to Australia
with a sextant
......she also had no refrigerator
maker or electric lights.........been ther done that and could do it again....
But would prefer not to...