Sunday, 29 May 2011
When at sea at night and the lightning is erupting all around your sailboat you feel extremely fragile and exposed. The dread of the lightning actually striking your boat is very real with the possible results not something you wish to contemplate when you are on passage in the middle of an ocean. The grounding system must conduct the current to a point of contact with the water. A lead keel is adequate, and it may be painted. The conductor must be bolted onto the keel in some place that is reasonably dry and where it can be inspected from time to time. Alternatively a grounding plate with a surface area of about 1000cm² can be fitted. This must be separate to any HF radio grounding plates.
Monday, 9 May 2011
The following article is from Peter Robson and tells of Ron setting up an office in Vancouver, BC, Canada:
Holland plans to spend about half his time in Vancouver, where he’ll likely hire one or two staff, and half at his design studio in Kinsale, Ireland, which will remain the principal base for Ron Holland Design.
Holland is perhaps best known for his mega-sailboats, including the 247-foot Mirabella V, the world’s largest sloop, and the 190-foot Ethereal, which claims to be “the most technologically innovative superyacht ever built.”
Holland’s North American office is at 100-510 Nicola Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6G 3J9 www.ronhollanddesign.com