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Lightning strike in my marina
Saturday morning we had a good thunderstorm blow through my marina in Longport NJ. One particular crack was obviously close by. When it cleared I learned that a sailboat had been hit. The boat is a great looking Najad 4000 owned by a nice couple from Denmark. They bought the boat in the Fall and were doing some coastal sailing before heading with her to Denmark. They and their 2 kids were just fine but the electronics are mostly fried. Chartplotter, GPS, VHF, autopilot, battery monitor, wind instruments, 110 to 220 converter, all gone. Some damage at the top of the mast. We took the boat and had it hauled on Monday and no damage to thru hulls luckily. They have a grounding system but the plate was still it's original color. I'm told it should have turned pink.
Some of the failures were a bit odd. Radar appears to be fine. Windlass works fine from the cockpit remote but not from bow remote. Some lighting blown, some just fine.
Anyway, fortunately we've got a great bunch of folks at the marina and they're getting all the help they need. They have insurance and Martec is close by. I suspect they'll be around for a bit.