To bond or not to bond?
Some folks in our marina recently had a catastorphoc failure of the rigging due to a chainplate that was damaged by a lightning strike a few years back. I''m not sue if it was bonded, (I am trying to find out) but the moral is the official cause of the failure was damage due to the lightning. If your system is already subpar, do you really want to risk bringing that much energy to other parts of the boat? If lightning has the potential to weaken a chainplate in such a way as to render it undetectable, I would not want to be energizing anything else through poor craftmanship.
By the way, the boat is owner by the most attentive of sailors. This failure was not due to his lack of inspecting the rig. I''m sure that if there had been any way to prevent the demasting, he would have done it.