The HAWKEYELightning Protection
Since the invention of the lightning rod over one hundred years ago by Benjamin Franklin, it’s adoption as a means of protection against destructive atmospheric discharges such as lightning bolts, has been practically universal.
Population density, changes in architecture style and materials and the extensive network of power, cell, radio and communication towers have created an environment where lightning can strike more frequently and cause damage to a variety of infrastructure.
Our exclusive line of products have been formulated to have two main functions; one to drain the ground of its negative electricity, the other to neutralize the positive electricity of the clouds.
Lightning is a two Step Process. Both steps must occur for lightning to strike.
The energy in storm clouds build as it passes over the earth. Eventually the energy builds so much that it must discharge. This is known as “potential differences” as the cloud’s potential exceeds the Earth’s potential.
When this happens, the cloud sends down negatively charged “leaders.”
At the same time, an opposite reaction occurs on earth and positively charged items can be on boats, homes, buildings, towers, pets and people. Virtually anything can emit Upward Streamers.
HAWKEYE is specifically designed to prevent a lightning strike from terminating where itis not wanted—in a designated area of protection. This is the only system in which lightning strikes are actively discouraged, rather than encouraged, through a process known as Deionization.
To prevent lightning from striking within a specified zone, HAWKEYE collects the induced charge from thunderstorm clouds within this area and transfers it to the ground, thus balancing the electric field strength in the protected zone
The resulting reduced electrical potential difference between the site and the cloud suppresses the formation of an upward streamer. With no leader-steamer connection, the strike is prevented.
With no streamers emanating from the structure of concern, the leader is more likely to connect to streamers originating from either unprotected adjacent structures (both man-made and natural) or from any air terminals installed on these unprotected structures.
Dimensions: 15″H x 9″W
Weight: 17.1 lbs
Coverage Radius: 393 ft
Coverage Area: 485,000 sq. Ft
Requires Power: No
For use on: Boats from 100 ft and up Super Yachts up to 350′ can be stacked to unlimited size
Dimensions: 9”H X 6”W
Weight: 5.1 lbs
Coverage Radius: 180 ft
Coverage Area: 101,000 sq. Ft
Requires Power: No
For use on: Boats from 50-99 ft
Dimensions: 6”H X 4”W
Weight: 2.2 lbs
Coverage Radius: 82 ft
Coverage Area: 21,000 sq. Ft
Requires Power: No
For use on: Boats up to 49 ft (Power & Sail)
Motor Yachts, Sailing Yachts, Center
Consoles, Sail Boats
You may be surprised at how frequently lightning finds its way to a boat. In the last five years, one insurance groups boat clients had 71 lightning claims, resulting in over $1,300,000 in lightning related damages. On average, each claim totalled nearly $20,000.
Sailboat strikes outnumbered powerboat strikes by a 3:1 ratio; however, the largest claim came from a powerboat which sustained almost $100,000 in damages from a direct hit.
Boats are especially at risk from being struck by lightning because they are often the tallest object in a large open space.
A direct lightning hit can damage or destroy the boat, overload navigational and electronic equipment, and/or electrocute the people on the boat.
Lightning claims range from the small (a few electronics needing replacement) to the enormous (a constructive total loss).
Often times, a boat owner won’t know he has had a lightning strike until he goes aboard and finds his electronics are not working. Closer examination might reveal parts of the antenna scattered on the deck.
With all the multifunction equipment, your navigation, radar and echo-sounder capabilities can be wiped out in one shot. Lightning strikes are not to be taken lightly, and they can be incredibly expensive.
A typical installation requires a support mast consisting of 1.5” Galvanized Steel pipe ranging from 6’-21’, depending on the location.
The Hawkeye must be the highest point on the boat, ideally 6’ above the highest point.The mast can be supported by attaching it to structure, such as a wall or existing pole.
The Hawkeye should be grounded using a #2 copper wire. Higher grade wire should be used in lighting heavy areas.
The ground wire should take most direct and downward path to ground as possible and any bends in the wire should not exceed 90 degrees.
Once to ground, the ground wire should extend to grounding system consisting of 3 or more 10’ ground rods attached with mechanical or exothermic connections.
The overall resistance of the completed ground system should be less than 5 Ohms.