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Re: Buying a boat that was hit by lightning?
Thanks for the replies. In the past few days, I've had a chance to talk to the head of the yard that worked on the boat (it is a very reputable yard). He personally inspected the boat with the insurance rep, and oversaw the work. He sent me (with permission of the owner) a five page, seemingly exhaustive list/bill of all work done, as well as the initial inspection report. According to him, the strike came down a stay and out through the shore cord (the boat was docked obviously). it then went into the power system of the docks and damaged other boats as well. According to his report, there was no hull damage to the boat (not surprising if the bolt travelled as he says), all wiring leading to and from all replaced items was replaced, including conductors that were affected. That's on top of all the equipment replaced, the alternator, the board, all mast electronics, all navigational electronics, batteries, plugs, bilge pumps, rudder sensors etc.
According to the boat yard, the present owner then sailed 3 more weeks at the end of that summer after the repairs were done and then for another seven weeks (including one long trip) the next summer.
Of course it is possible that the boat yard is working with the selling broker in some way (they are in different towns, but not far away). But I have no real reason to think that.
So I'm slightly closer to pulling the trigger and going for an offer/survey. Anything else I should explore?