Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on Cruisers Forums. Advertise Here
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 26-09-2009, 15:12   #1
canucksailor's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: beautiful anchorages
Boat: Dufour 34, 1975
Posts: 347
Send a message via Yahoo to canucksailor Send a message via Skype™ to canucksailor
Lightning Strike and Wind Generator

Hello all - my Airx wind genny was one of the onboard victims of a lightning strike (along with the VHF, SSB, tuner, MPPT controller for solar, depth guage, bow lights, several fuses and, since I was aboard when it was hit, a perfectly good pair of shorts!).
I'm told that replacing the circuit board should resolve the problem - but I'm wondering, is there anything else that could have gone wrong inside here? I'm leery of replacing the board, at $165, and then finding out the unit is toast anyway.
Looking forward to your responses here.

canucksailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-09-2009, 09:26   #2
Registered User
Reality Check's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: West Indies, Now live aboard as cruiser/ voyager often with guest/ friends
Boat: 36' Bene
Posts: 585
Send a message via ICQ to Reality Check
In addition to the normal visual inspections that you have probably already done you could check the coils and connections for continuity and if you have a the equipment a low range resistance check of the different coil winding elements.

One of thing we use to do regarding electrical damage to transformers and coils with the smell test. Most will have a very distinctive odor if burned. If it stinks it is probably bad and just a couple of resistance/ resonance test were made prior to tossing in trash or disposal and some larger items do need special disposal due to PCB's.

Mind sharing your boat's set up when struck? I know lots of people report VHF and SSB damaged even when disconnected. Were you all powered up? Radios in use? Did you have your ground plane/ ship ground and DC Ground in common or separated and if so how? Was your aboveboard rigging bonded to Radio/ Ship or DC Ground or isolated? Do you have a single backstay that was used as the SSB antenna with two insulators?

Would be nice to have a few reports from those who actually went through what you did to get actual information on best practices for similar set ups/

thanks and good luck with your replacements and repairs.
I prefer a sailboat to a motorboat, and it is my belief that boat sailing is a finer, more difficult, and sturdier art than running a motor.
--- Jack London
Reality Check is offline   Reply With Quote

generator, lightning, wind generator

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lightning Strike - Sorta Therapy General Sailing Forum 1 26-09-2009 08:40
Lightning Strike Ti' Punch General Sailing Forum 17 19-09-2009 10:43
Wind generator captden Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 2 30-06-2009 00:59
Lightning strike and VHF antenna and cable StanleyCup Marine Electronics 8 07-07-2008 08:37
lightning strike prevention/protection against? rexposeidon Health, Safety & Related Gear 32 04-06-2008 22:53

Advertise Here

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:08.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.