|The Big Hit|
your new boat have an adequate lightning-protection system? Well...
By Capt. Bill Pike
In my office I’ve
got a floor-to-ceiling bookcase with a whole shelf of cherished books
on marine subjects. At the serious end there’s Nathaniel Bowditch’s
two-part American Practical Navigator with its small, dense print and
maritime-academy language. At the not-so-serious end, there’s David
Kasanof’s delightful From the Fo’c’s’le, a nifty volume
of liveaboard stories, in some ways just as practical as Bowditch. In
the middle are several books on safety at sea, some serious, some less
so, but all with one disappointing defect: a tendency to be slightly misleading,
or perhaps just behind the times, about protecting your boat from lightning
This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.