We are totally NOT grounded. Three years ago we were hit by lightning in the sea of abaco
. A huge thunderstorm was coming towards us so I took down the sails
and put out the anchor
. I stayed in the cockpit
to check for dragging (we didnt drag; we have a manson supreme with all chain rode). suddenly there was a loud bang - like a 155mm howitzer firing right next to me - and a blue light came rushing down the mast. It was over in a second. I went below to check for leaks
but after ten minutes of searching out the hull
, and all eight bronze thruhulls found no problems.
It took a few days to discover all the damage but I was pleasantly suprised to find it amounted to just a few hundred dollars.
The fixed vhf
and depthsounder were dead. I replaced them rather than repair.
navtex stopped working, but after careful checking I noticed it was fused on both the positive AND negative leads. The negative fuse was blown and the unit was back in service
after I replaced the fuse.
was not working, but I carry a spare.
All the nav light bulbs had exploded.
Two of nine interior
light bulbs were blown.
The masthead antenna
had disappeared. I think this is the point where the lightning struck.
All of the devices that were directly wired to the battery
were untouched - autopilot
, fridge, inverter
panel/controller. Batteries were also untouched.
Handheld gps's and vhf's were untouched.
Thats it. I'm happy that I'm not grounded. I've always had nightmares that a strike would ground to a thruhull, blow it out, and sink the boat.