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Old 07-03-2007, 10:56 PM
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Disclaimer: I am a fisherman.....not an electrician.....or a meteorologist.... please forgive my ignorance.

My fishin buddy and I are in an ongoing debate. What do you think?
We wade fish the Chandeleaur Island chain sometimes 40 or so miles out into the gulf. Out there we may be fishing a small shell beach only a couple of feet out of the water. The boat, with the T-top, is the tallest thing on the water for miles. When the afternoon thunderstorms show up, where do you go?

Even though the T-top is the tallest thing in the area, and made of aluminum, the boat is fiberglass and should not be a conductor. So, I pull down the canvas and hang out until its over.

My buddy, on the other hand, is in the water with only his head sticking out. (lowest thing in the area)HELLO.... your in water in an electrical storm! He is convinced that I will be struck under my "lightning rod t-top" before he will. If lightning hits anywhere in the area and he is in the water it seams that since water conducts electricity he would be zapped.
Anyway.... What do you think??
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Old 07-03-2007, 11:05 PM
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Your doomed either way

Seriously though, dangerous situation in general, but I'm out of the water as salt+water is a great conductor. A few years back some kids were throwing around a football at the low tide water line on the beach when one was killed (went through his head and blew out his thigh) and the other tossed about 30 ft from a lightning bolt. Storm was 5 miles offshore.
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Old 07-04-2007, 06:32 AM
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Disclaimer: I, too, am a fisherman..............not a brain surgeon....................nor a genius, but if I were YOU TWO I'd definately get OUT of the water and at least IN the boat and then head AWAY from the storm.

BE CAREFUL OUT THERE~!!! Fishin' ain't no fun if yur DEAD~!

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Old 07-04-2007, 01:42 PM
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Get out off the water, you could die or worse.



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Old 07-04-2007, 02:30 PM
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motocrs826 - 7/3/2007 7:56 PM

Even though the T-top is the tallest thing in the area, and made of aluminum, the boat is fiberglass and should not be a conductor. So, I pull down the canvas and hang out until its over.
A lightning bolt that has arced through thousands of feet of air, also a poor conductor, will have no trouble arcing through or around a couple of feet of fiberglass.

No expert, but I would think you would be safest treading water in about 15' or more, or on the beach away from the boat in the praying to Mecca position.

I'd stay away from the boat. That sounds a lot like sheltering under a tree.
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