Wow! Lots of replies very quickly, thanks everyone!
I suppose I'll answer everyone's questions/comments in order... Hope you all got a note saying I replied.
GordMay -- Thank you very much!
Michael aboard sister ship Moody 46 -- It's awesome that you found me on here. Every time we go over the bridge heights my father shivers a little. There's also a bridge in Wilkerson which happens to be 64' up... (They really wanted to mess with people who have 65' masts)
We plan to spend about a week or two in Charleston. We will most definitely give you a call, we are in Norfolk now and plan to leave around 7 AM tomorrow. See you soon, hopefully!
oldragbaggers -- Thanks so much! I will definitely keep you all updated.
cwyckham -- I'll keep you updated.
Thanks for the recommendations as well! I just sent a join request to the Facebook page you mentioned. Also, just checked out Mark & Caitie's blog page. Definitely seem like they would be cool to meet up with. My mother has a blog running which is located at: Ruth on the Run
Thank you and I hope you enjoy reading my mother's blog!
shipleft -- Well, our lightning experience is a long story. Nalani
was anchored out in my grandparent's cove since my grandmother had just hosted a birthday party she throws every year. It's a massive crab feast and everyone has a fantastic time. Also, the World Cup final was that day so I was even more excited (I have German blood so now you should know who I was routing for)
The next day a storm rolled in and began pouring rain as the wind
howled. My father and I watched Nalani
non-stop because we were worried about the anchor
dragging. Soon enough, we started seeing flashes and knew it was lightning but thought nothing of it. About four minutes later, -- CRACK! -- a lightning bolt came right down in the center of the cove and got the mast
. We really didn't even think about that happening, it was destined to since even the trees around were shorter than a mast
is just one big ol' lighting
rod. We ran out in the dinghy
to check and sure enough when my father flipped on the masthead light, the breaker would pop immediately. Only a few words of sailor's language escaped from his mouth. The next day we sailed it an hour away to a marina which is actually only 8-10 miles from the cove except there's a point you have to go around which doubles-triples the trip.
from the insurance
company came over the next day and got to work right away.
Since I don't want to explain even more of the story, I'll get to the point now. We were lucky because only the fixtures got fried. Although that's still a lot which includes: Radar
, two chartplotters, five small monitors for wind
direction and speed etc..., VHF
Radios, and a few other things. These are only the things with wires that ran up the mast. What worried us was if the lightning had zapped the wires in which case they would've had to pull the mast (huge labor cost) and rewire everything. So instead of that, they only had to replace the fixtures. Those are the big electronics
but there's plenty more that was fried. Masthead and steaming light went bad. Different lights in the cabins got fried, one light would be working like a charm and then one a foot next to it would be burnt out. Our electronic wenches went bad (two out of three), our bow-thruster went bad as well. One of the more serious problems was the engine
gauges being blown. The water
tank level gauge, fuel
pressure gauge, tachometer, and coolant
temperature gauge all went bad. Finally, every single battery
went bad instantly when the lightning struck. Hope that answers your question... Let me know if you have more specifics!
Jeff -- Thanks so much for all the recommendations! Everything sounds like a lot of fun! I will definitely contact you when we reach your area. Also got my father excited when I mentioned the dolphins
(His favorite animal...) Thanks again!
Michael aboard s/v B'Shert -- Nice to meet you as well. Sadly we are only going South to Key West
on this trip. Not West, I wish though! Have a nice trip as well!
Also, I've got a friend at our home marina who adores Tayanas. I'd love to see a picture of yours!
Thanks everyone! I will keep everyone updated!