Talk about a million one to chance and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Approximately 4 o'clock this afternoon whilst working in the cabin
on "Sweet Chariot" there was an almighty flash and sound like you've never heard as a lightening bolt decided to use my mast
to get to ground. The boat lit up in a bright blue flash and blacked out all the electrics. So far found 14 blown fuses
, a number of lights not working. Found the remnants of the VHF antenna
in the dinghy
. That was the first point of contact being mounted at the mast
top. Hopefully not too much terminal damage. Still a lot of components not tested yet. Thank goodness the new motor
is ok. Starts and charges ok. The screwdriver I was using arced across to the plate I was screwing into. Frightened the living crap out of me, I can tell you. At least I am ok. Still shaking a bit though.
Having operated a small business fitting out and wiring/rewiring boats of all sizes I rewired "Sweet Chariot" just after I bought her a few years back. I number all cable ends and have a comprehensive wirirng diagram for her so it makes fault tracing relatively simple.
Two fuse boxes have been destroyed. The 27 mHz radio
, VHF Radio
, Audio CD head
unit, TV, Autopilot
, have all suffered internal damage as they will not work despite all efforts. A number of lights are also not working.
More testing will be done tomorrow after I replace the two fuses
boxes and get back to a good base to begin with.
I have some photos but they are on my Iphone
and i am writing this on my ipad
. Will post them tomorrow night when i get back home.
"Lucky Steve" signing off for now!
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