Safety Benefits of Proper Bonding and Grounding
A proper bonding and grounding system using grounding shoes will not reduce
the chances of a lightning strike on your boat. It will, however, reduce the possibility
of severe hull damage and electrical shock potential. A proper bonding and
grounding system will help provide a direct, controlled high-capacity path for lightning
Enhances Electronic Performance
SSB and HAM radio transmitters rely upon a proper size ground to operate to their
designed capacity. A grounding shoe helps provide a large solid surface (the water
surrounding your boat) to "push off" from. This is technically known as "counterpoise",
and the other necessary half of your antenna system.
The bronze material also serves as the next sacrificial metal on
the galvanic scale after your zincs, providing another buffer against corrosion
of stainless steel parts.