about carbon fiber. I don't recall any special concern about aluminum canoes or aluminum shaft paddles, versus FG or wood-canvas, back when aluminum hulls predominated. I have a custom Double Torque aluminum bent shaft kayak paddle with carbon blades, and I wouldn't worry any more about using it in a thunderstorm than I would when using a wood kayak paddle. The liklihood of being struck is the same. There would be a difference in current from a nearby strike climbing into the paddle, but I'm waiting for some real data on conductivity of carbon blades and shafts.
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