Originally Posted by dominoMarie
Yep, surveys are "anectdodal" by definition. For hard science info, refer to the links in the 2nd article. Thanks for the feedback!
comment was not meant as a negative to your write up. Just that data that is verifiably real and at the same time directly applicable to cruising boats is very hard to come by. The insurance
data is interesting, but it covers much more US centric boats and boats that are in marinas
-- and of course boats that are reasonably insurable. So I don't see a lot of hard science
that can be applied to cruising boats on lightening. Anecdotal data
is nice because it lets us pick and choose what we want to hear from it and end up with a pre-decided conclusion. The 'out-of-the-blue' strike you mentioned occurred offshore
in an area and time of year when there is almost continuous thunderstorms. We went down that coast a few months after the metal boat ended up with a fire in a cable bundle that was likely caused by lightening. Probably the more surprising question is why don't more boats get hit in that area.
I'm on the side of at least supplying a good path to the water
for a strike -- based on the anecdotal info I have.