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It got a bit loud yesterday when Tiki got struck by lightning and the VHF ariel came down in a shower of sparks. Lost the wave wifi, the inverter charger, the solar charge controller, and a few other bits. The weird thing is that the VHF seemed to have survived the strike. Don't know yet if the radar/ plotter still works. But the taktic instruments are dead as a dodo.

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Sorry to hear the news but on the good she still floats and nobody in hospital
 

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It got a bit loud yesterday when Tiki got struck by lightning and the VHF ariel came down in a shower of sparks. Lost the wave wifi, the inverter charger, the solar charge controller, and a few other bits. The weird thing is that the VHF seemed to have survived the strike. Don't know yet if the radar/ plotter still works. But the taktic instruments are dead as a dodo.

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Michael
Whoa!!! Michael! Seriously bad news. You have our sympathies! Are you sure there's no issues with anything else? The engine panel/controls? Friends of ours were hit a few boats away from us a few years ago and kept finding damage/problems that weren't immediately evident for weeks afterward. Hopefully you will not...

Good Luck!!!
 

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Was on one boat when lightening struck. Blew out the SSB antenna, the Antenna tuner and the SSB, then went to ground via the grounding strap for the SSB.:eek:
Made for an interesting night on the Gulf of Mexico. .
1. Didn't need to change my pants... a good thing.:p
2. Did need another cup of coffee... a good thing, considering that the SSB was only 4 feet away.:D
3. Most importantly; considering all of the lightening strikes around the area, I was suprised that we weren't hit several times instead of only once.
4. Believe I heard a voice from the sky; laughingly saying: Oops!! Sorry about that.:rolleyes:
 

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I have not gone through the boat with a fine tooth comb yet and will probably find more bits that are fried but am going to take my time wwith that and am just getting the basics back up and running for now. I do have a thick copper cable running through the mast to a large copper plate on the outside of the hull to lead strikes to ground / water. Never thought I would need it.
So earlier on today I needed fuel for the runabout and went over to the dock. Sorry sir, our fuel pump is down as we had a lightning strike yesterday was what they told me. welcome to the club I said.
So made to on fumes over to the work dock where I keep the car, slung a couple of 5 gal cans in the trunk and got fuel for the boat and genny.
Went to wally world to buy a charger that i can use for now to keep Tiki charged via the genny as the solar charge controller is fried and so is the inverter charger. Both beyond repair.

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The weird thing was, I was looking to the rear of the boat wand there was a 20 foot boat with 4 people on it, each holding a fishing rod. They hightailed it out of there only when the lightning struck my mast. I tried to get them on VHF before that to warn them but they had nothing in way of radio on board of not monitoring ch 16
Next storm is rolling in as I type now.

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I made atemporary lightning ground by tieing a 10 foot piece of one quarter inch SS chain to my chain plate on the topside and it rides in the gutter until I need to deploy it. This has helped me down here in the south where we see lightning almost daily in the summer an rainy season. I put a zinc on the end and when I leave the boat, I just drop it over the side into the water an get protection. I would check everything, especially your zincs first. If they are gone, I would check your thru hole bonding as well, look at the back of your electrical panel for bubbled or fried wires, your LED lighting may be failed an the alternator could be also. When you pull out I would reconsider rebeding the thru hulls IF the zincs are gone right now. Lightning is the best source of nature generated electrolisis jn the world. Would check the wire rigging for burned or broken wires on the stays. I may sound a bit of winer but I hate it when I have failure when in a gail because of this. Besides, peace of mind knowing what you have after inspection is priceless. Sorry for your losses but you may check with your insurance carrier an be covered, they may also pay for a complete inspection (survey) to insure the equipment under your policy. have a good one! bill
 

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It got a bit loud yesterday when Tiki got struck by lightning and the VHF ariel came down in a shower of sparks. Lost the wave wifi, the inverter charger, the solar charge controller, and a few other bits. The weird thing is that the VHF seemed to have survived the strike. Don't know yet if the radar/ plotter still works. But the taktic instruments are dead as a dodo.

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Michael
Sorry to here Micheal,

We were struck a couple years ago and it asnt pretty as we sat in the cabing and the electrcial panel produced a small fireball.
Check everything carefully and say a prayer no one was hurt.

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I'm sorry to hear about the strike Michael. At least you weren't hurt and the boat is still floating!

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It's been a while since your lightening strike, and I was wondering how it all turned out. I hope you were able to get your systems all back up and running this year. Merry Christmas!
 
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