Originally Posted by sailingdog
If the compression post was stainless steel, then your grounding system was probably inadequate as a lightning protection system. Stainless steel has a fairly high electrical resistance, which is also why you shouldn't use stainless steel washers in your electrical setup.
No, the post was not Stainless. Having never been hit by lightning in 18 yrs of ownership of that boat, I really don't know if that grounding did any good.
I was just responding to a more general Hunter side of the question. I myself believe that a more comprehensive method be used to ground the boat than just the compression post to keel cable.