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post #2 of Old 03-07-2011
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We've had two friends whose boats have been hit by lightning with them aboard: a Beneteau 36.7 and a Bristol 35.5 All the electronics were entirely fried on both boats, and the ceramic antenna on the Bristol's masthead melted. No one was hurt on either boat. As a precaution, I think the Bristol's owner replaced all his through-hulls. A witness claimed that the Bristol "glowed" after being hit, and the police had expected to find bodies when they went out to check. If the hull of your Lafitte passes inspection, it may be an opportunity to get a great deal on new electronics. Both boats are still being happily used by their owners.
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