Originally Posted by BobFord
Interesting event- Lightning strikes have always been a concern for me.
Can somebody who has knowledge on the subject, comment on my statement.
" My cat. is all aluminium, am I in a " Faraday Cage " ? "
I've been collecting some lightning resources over time, but am certainly not an expert. The answer to your question is complex- and not favorable. But, statistics [and physics...] demonstrate that you are better off in your metal sailboat than we are in our fiberglass
one... However- according to insurance
claim statistics- we are better off in our monohull
than you are in your catamaran
... And all of us increase our chances of being struck 5 to 10 fold while at anchor
... Are you sensing a pattern here?... [All this gleaned from the references
Here are a couple of resources that relate to your question: The first is this well written article in Ocean Navigator
[by the owner of an aluminum
sailboat that was struck...] and the second is Marine Lightning Protection Inc.
[the company founded by the professor referenced in the above article...]
As a general reference regarding lightning and [fiberglass?] sailboats, attached is a publication from the University of Florida
entitled Lightning and Sailboats
In case this is helpful, and may none of us ever find out first-hand how well protected from lightning we, our vessels, and electronics are...