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Old 02-14-2017, 12:03 AM
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Food for thought: lightning hits a lake with a Pavati

What would happen if lightning struck a lake near a Pavati? (Wakeboat made entirely out of aluminum)
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Old 02-14-2017, 12:15 AM
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Old 02-14-2017, 12:16 AM
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What about driving near docks with exposed wires...


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Old 02-14-2017, 12:19 AM
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Same thing that would happen to the millions of other aluminum boats on the water???

Ask a fisherman....
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Old 02-14-2017, 12:32 AM
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Nothing, the boat hull will act as a Faraday cage, same thing your car does near a downed power line.
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Old 02-14-2017, 12:42 AM
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Old 02-14-2017, 12:53 AM
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I guess I made the assumption the metal was the ground for all the electrical systems on board (like a car) and therefore it would at least do something to the electronics but perhaps that assumption is false.
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Old 02-14-2017, 12:55 AM
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I'm not sure, luckily Teamtalk was able to correct me on that mistake before we found out. There's a whole thread of me eating my crow on that one buddy, go read it again if you're still not over it.
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Old 02-14-2017, 05:21 AM
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I guess I made the assumption the metal was the ground for all the electrical systems on board (like a car) and therefore it would at least do something to the electronics but perhaps that assumption is false.
That depends on the car and how the current moves through it. Since cars are insulated from the ground to a degree, some of the current passing through the car may fry some of the electrical systems. In the case of a boat though, the aluminum hull is in direct contact, easily dissipating electricity into the water. In that sense it's probably better off than a fiberglass boat.
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Old 02-14-2017, 01:42 PM
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I guess I made the assumption the metal was the ground for all the electrical systems on board (like a car) and therefore it would at least do something to the electronics but perhaps that assumption is false.
This is not the case. Aluminum boat electrical systems are grounded with cables to the battery. They are specifically isolated from the hull to prevent galvanic corrosion. There's lots more to this but this is the basic rule followed.
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