Originally Posted by capcook
Off topic, but was wondering if a wooden mast offers any lighting
Not in and of itself. Interesting things can happen when lightning
hits a wooden mast. Woodenboat had an article on it that described several episodes. In one, the current
traveled down the mast's grounding wire(s) and exited the boat with no damage. In another, the current
, coming across moisture in the mast, superheated the moisture into steam in a fraction of a second, and the mast was blown to bits by the expanding steam. So... there are different effects, depending upon the mast.