Members' Online Book: Carbon Fibre Mast, Chapter 5 of 5

The New Mast, Lightning: Myths, Assurances And Risks

Let’s start with the myths:

  1. If a carbon fibre mast gets struck by lightning it is toast, end of story.
  2. If a carbon fibre mast gets struck by lightning, there is no way to tell if it has been damaged or not, so it must be junked.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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