We sailed a Heritage One-Ton on Lake Erie in a pickce lightnig storm. There were hundreds of water
strikes off Cleveland and rain so heavy we could not see the stadium lights. We were not struck once but watched in awe. Our present boat was struck on the hard
two years ago a week after haul-out. We have a lightning
arrestor but the boat out of water
was not grounded. Instruments were still aboard. It blew the Raymarine wind
instrument stalk apart and the wind
instrument display/computer is tempermental. I raced a CAL
40 on Lake Huron 35 years ago that was struck in its slip. Through hull
on the depth
melted and the boat sunk. We had the only graphite bottom in the marina.
If you see an electric
storm, disconnect what you can especially antennas. Place any demountable or hand held electronics
in the oven
or microwave. (Faraday cage). coolest video demonstrating the effectiveness of the cage.
Most of the time your boat will not be struck. If it is hit, it is unusual to be holed or for people to be injured. If you are hit, check your bilge pump
; look for water; inspect your electric
panel for abnormalities; check your batteries visually. Check your other critical stuff before you need to use it (windlass, starter, etc.). Keep proper fitting wood plugs tied or stored at each through hull
port. Stay away from touching the mast
or other metal bits if possible.