Lightning Master Static Dissipators lower the exposure to a direct lightning strike by controlling the conditions which trigger direct strikes. It reduces the build up of static ground charge and retards the build up of the ion "streamers" which complete the path for a lightning strike.
The Lightning Master Static Dissipator employs the point-discharge principle to continually leak off the lightning causing ground potential in low amperages over a long period of time instead of the short duration, high amperage discharge occuring with a lightning strike.
This is the same technology from the same manufacturer which is succesfully employed to protect commercial broadcast and television towers from direct lightning strikes.
This lightweight 21 inch dissipator mounts to the masthead and extends vertically above all other masthead equipment. The dissipator must be electrically bonded to the boats grounding system with a continuous low resistance path to ground. An existing properly grounded mast and rigging may be used for this purpose.
Forespar does not claim that this product is 100% effective in preventing a lightning strike. At the present collective level of understanding of the lightning phenomenon, no one can make that claim. The Lightning Master Static Dissipator does control the causes of lightning strikes and thereby reduces the incidence of direct strikes.
* Lightning Master is the Trade Mark of the Lightning Master Corporation whose products are protected by US Patents.