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A sailboat hit the power lines at MM 73 in Tavernier taking out power to every island south all the way to Key West.

Squalls were moving through the Keys at the time and the Coconut Telegraph is saying the boat drug anchor into the overhead lines.

Tow Boat US got the boat off the lines, which were OK and power was restored in about two and a half hours. My guess is the Captain is having an uncomfortable talk with the Coast Guard...



https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article229041644.html
 

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Minne I hope I NEVER find out !!!
 

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Minne I hope I NEVER find out !!!
Hah, no kidding!

I was hanging with a group of other trailer sailors last night and some of the others were talking about putting their mast up while the boat is in their driveway, just to get everything checked out for spring.

Not me. My boat is about 10’ away from power lines. No way am I putting the mast up!
 

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Unfortunately, this is why masted boats are prohibited to anchor in Newfound Harbor between Big Pine Key and Little Torch Key. Happened one too many times there I guess.......
 

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From today's Key West Citizen:

“Typically, all of the costs associated with repairing or restoring the power are calculated on our end, and then billed to the owner of the vehicle or vessel, according to Keys Energy Services’ spokesperson Julio Torrado."

"...unknown circumstances led the sailboat to drift into tielines near the shore. While the incident occurred within the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative’s utility service area, the outage spread to areas south of the initial impact. The circumstances surrounding the impact, the name of the vessel or the name of its owner have yet to be disclosed."

I hope he has a good insurance policy.
 
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So, it is THAT easy to turn off the power when the guys at the next dock are rocking too loud too late in the evening?
 

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Aren’t sailboats powerful? We make bridges rise for us and if you don’t like it, we will turn your power and air conditioner OFF
 

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I wonder what that aluminum mast looks like now - am surprised it didn't melt down like butter.

I remember when we were building a small bridge across a creek in Mumbai and the crane operator had no choice but to work close to the overhead lines (which we monitored closely). However it was constantly under induction. You could hear the hum at times and feel your hair standing up. Wow we would back way the fk up!

100,000 volts is nothing to mess with.

BTW I wonder what his lightning protection system looks like now - it could be an interesting lesson learned.
 

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I was staying at the Perry Hotel on Stock Island just north of Key West when this happened. I never noticed the thing and only found out about it by reading the headlines in the newspaper box in Key West the next day. I guess the hotel had their own generator which kicked in because I was taking the elevator with no problem during the time in question.
 

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I was at happy hour and noticed because the power went out and I got depressed it would be the end of it :crying, but then the generator kicked in :smile
 

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We were cooking dinner (electric range). When the power went out we went over to the Winn Dixie for takeout. There were all kinds of restaurant workers in there from the places that didn't have generators.

When the power goes out the supermarkets and hotels are the places to go for a quick bite as they have backup power.

We're adding a Generac to our house -- if it ever gets built...:mad:
 
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Hah, no kidding!

I was hanging with a group of other trailer sailors last night and some of the others were talking about putting their mast up while the boat is in their driveway, just to get everything checked out for spring.

Not me. My boat is about 10’ away from power lines. No way am I putting the mast up!
Good habit to get into, always checking the area for power lines. You'd be amazed how many boat ramps have power lines nearby.
 

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A boat at anchor or mooring is the best place to be after a power outage. After superstorm Sandy hit Long Island in late October I moved back on the boat for two weeks. Had my solar panels and the wind generator keeping things topped up. Refrigeration was running fine too. I did also have a homemade solar powered whole house lighting system keeping some LED lights on at my house. Neighbors were puzzled why mine was the only house with power during the two week outage. :)
 

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I saw this happen in the Bras d'Or Lakes when someone made a wrong turn. Was one of those aluminum hull French boats. First time I've ever seen a jib on a roller furler on fire. Crew was OK, boat was a mess.

Yikes, bad day....
 
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