Originally Posted by helmsovr
Sure. You must take every situation into consideration. However, given an aluminum mast with sufficient grounding and cables you should be able to offset your concern of lightening damage.
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Lol, not a chance. I have seen a 35' bonded boat with full lightning protection with its keel bolts blown off.
The only real protection from lightning is to not be hit. Everything else is to deal with the static from near by strikes not direct ones.