How do boats stay safe from lightning?

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Sailboats in particular, but also all metal boats

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It’s not uncommon for ships to get hit by lighting. If a lighting storm approaches, everyone goes inside. The ship is a big [Faraday Cage](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU0fLnucE6A), so we are safe if we stay inside. Hopefully, the lighting won’t hit the mast or an antennae and fry the equipment, but it happens.

They often have lightening rods like buildings do. A strip of metal running from the top to the bottom to hopefully direct the current away from sensitive equipment or people.