Originally Posted by AWCHIEF
After living on sailboats for a number of years and getting direct strikes 3 times I can attest that no matter what precaucations you take if you get hit it will hurt grounded or not. Electronics will fry at the very least. Has anyone got real first person experience with a direct lighting strike in an Airstream? Not Internet myths or rumors.
I lived aboard a sailboat too, a 34 footer, for about ten years. I always believed the safest place to be, on a sailboat, during a lightning storm, is in a marina full of larger sailboats!
I was up a mast, in a bosuns chair, during a storm and lightning struck the ground a couple of times probably a half mile away. The mast buzzed and jolted me (mildly, but noticeable) at the moment of each strike, and I had my helper lower me pronto. The EMR (electromagnetic radiation) pulse during a lightning strike, even a distant one, is what I felt. I can see where a near miss would fry electronics, for sure. Scary stuff.
Google: Lightning strikes the earth 100 times a second, 8 million times a day.