Lightning Strike

Lightning strikes a boat in Wisconsin and the boat sinks in less than an hour......


On Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 as the sailboat fleets made their way in from the evening races, they were glad to beat the thunderstorm that was coming in from the west. Just at dusk eye witnesses saw a lightning bolt hit a 30 ft ketch swinging on a mooring in McKinley harbor, downtown Milwaukee. " It lit up like a Christmas tree" was how one observer described the event. Within an hour the boat was under water with just portions of the masts showing.


How could Forespar products have helped prevent this disaster?

First, a Lightning Master Ion Dissapator at the top of each mast would have lowered the exposure to a lightning strike by controlling the conditions which trigger direct strikes by reducing the build-up of the static ground charge and retards the formation of the ion "streamers" that complete the path for a lightning strike.


Second, if Marelon valves and thru-hulls, being non-conductive, had been used, the hole that was made below the water line probably would not have happened as the bronze thru hull was punched through the boat by lightning!



Is this a sailing submarine?



  Notice the radiated cracks from the strike                                 Bronze thru-hull blown out making a 2" hole.


Forespar's Lightning Master can be used on all types of boats.


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