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Old 11-11-2017, 05:01   #1
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Lightning Protection?

I have not read much on this subject. I imagine there must be a way to protect or lessen the impact of a lightning strike.

Does anyone have any information on the subject? It can't all be just dumb luck, can it?
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Re: Lightning Protection?

One can not stop lightening from hitting ones boat, you may be able to mitagate the damage of a lightening strike via bonding. There does not appear to be any system available that truly works the way folk truly want it to work. If such a product exisisted the entire Marine market place would be all a buzz about it, and its inventor would be very rich.
Luckily we boaters do not get hit by lightening on mass, it's mostly a good or bad luck thing.

There are threads on this, they all end up in a circular discussion with no actual conclusions, at least the ones that I have read thus far.
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Re: Lightning Protection?

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I have not read much on this subject. I imagine there must be a way to protect or lessen the impact of a lightning strike.

Does anyone have any information on the subject? It can't all be just dumb luck, can it?
What Pegu Club said.

By bonding and grounding one can attempt to minimize the damage of a lightening strike but at the end of the day, there is so much energy in lightening that the benefit is minimal and yes it comes down to luck.
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Re: Lightning Protection?

If you want some technical background here's a place to start
Marine Lightning Protection Inc.
There are a number of articles including interesting ones from BoatUS that Google can deliver to your doorstep.
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