Can a boat be grounded for lightning strikes?

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by justinDesign, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. justinDesign
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    justinDesign Junior Member

    Large boats must get hit by lightning all the time, how are they protected? Can a small vessel, say under 18 ft be grounded and somewhat protected from lightning? If so, how can this be achieved? I am currently designing an inland fishing vessel and am curious as to if I could design in a sort of lightning rod for some minor protection, while still maintaining the insistence to get off the water. I would not consider this device as lightning proof so that my users could fish in the lightning, but maybe it could be a close call, get the hell off the water device.
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    duluthboats Senior Dreamer

    Professional Boat Builder ( ) issues 31, 43, 81, 86 all have articles discussing this subject.

  3. ted655
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    ted655 Senior Member

    Several good threads on this already. Do a search on the archives, it's worth the effort.:)
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