Boat Lightning Protection

Lightning is formed by the difference between positive and negative charges. Lightning strikes when the electrical potential becomes greater than the resistance (insulation) of the air, and forces a conductive path to earth (ground or water surface) and will use the best conductor in its proximity.

A boat is a better conductor than air, so if you are close to a storm, lightning will look to you to find an easier path to ground.

What are the chances you will get struck? BoatUS published these statistics below.
Source: Boating News 4

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