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The two primary things that influence whether you'll get hit are the mast height and the surface area of the boat. Catamarans were reported as getting hit more often than monohulls, primarily due to their increased surface area.
There are two thoughts about grounding a boat for lightning protection purposes: 1) ground the boat and reduce the possible damage in the case of a lightning strike, but increase your chances slightly due to being grounde; 2) don't ground the boat and suffer greater damage but reduce your risk slightly since your boat isn't grounded.
I'd point out that most boats aren't grounded for lightning protection. I'd also point out that even if the boat is grounded, the chances that all the electronics and such will get fried is pretty high. If the boat next to yours gets hit, there is a really good chance that your electronics will get fried as a side effect.
Finally, where does a lightning bolt go... whereever it wants to.... Nothing you can do will prevent a lightning strike if it is going to hit your boat... and boats get hit pretty much at random...avoiding high lightning areas like Florida, is a good idea.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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