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Is lightning ever likely to strike a narrowboat?

If a narrowboat could get struck by lightning, what precautions could I take to reduce the risk or consequent damage?

Asked by: Andrew Denny  | 9.50am, Wednesday 2 November


WW says:

This question was asked in August 2013, specifically about boating on the Trent. reply posted below:
Lightening will strike the lowest resistance earth point within the area. Although the head of the steerer is the highest point on a narrowboat; that does not mean that it is the most likely point for lightening to strike.
Trees on the side of a river or canal are a more likely target for lightning. This is because of the points presented by the branches. A metal boat might seem an obvious target, especially if wet with rain, but the surrounding water will present a lower resistance path to earth.
If you are concerned about boating in storms on the Trent, you could easily make a simple lightening conductor for your boat. A pointed metal spike connected to two chains that dangle into the water on each side of the boat will provide a lower resistance path to the water than the boat itself.

Rupert Smedley  | 1.55PM, Wednesday 2 November

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