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  1. #1
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    Default Good job it doesnt strike twice...


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    Default Re: Good job it doesnt strike twice...

    Unfortunately, it does. Especially when you're the tallest structure in the immediate vicinity. One strike proves you're a convenient path to earth for a strike, making subsequent strikes more likely than on a random spot.

    What do you reckon repairs will involve? I'd guess all new mast and rigging, including chain plates and toasted grp, electronics, probably a complete rewire and keel and bolt inspection. What have I forgotten?
    Steve
    Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Good job it doesnt strike twice...

    I'd like to have seen that slowed down. There appeared to be a mass of incandescent particles thrown out. I hope that they were just loose dirt rather than the surface layers. I'll continue to keep my fingers crossed.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: Good job it doesnt strike twice...

    isnt that a wooden mast?

    if aluminium would that take the anodization off? would the boats electrical system be fried?
    Current boat: 1988 Jeanneau Sundream (lifting center board)

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    Default Re: Good job it doesnt strike twice...

    The glowing particles are liquid metal - the remains of the masthead VHF antenna and probably most of the other masthead gear. Wherever these land they will leave melty pockmarks in the gelcoat and plastic windows. If the rig was properly bonded to the keel, the rig should be fine, although due a thorough inspection. Most expensively, 80-90% of the electronics on board are now toast and the others will have random faults and/or die in the next 1-2 weeks. Boats in close proximity will also have fried electronics, but are more likely to be in the random faults/die soon thereafter category, which is much more difficult to claim on the insurance. At least they have a video to show!

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    Default Re: Good job it doesnt strike twice...

    Quote Originally Posted by Stemar View Post
    What have I forgotten?
    Anchor....
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    Default Re: Good job it doesnt strike twice...

    Quote Originally Posted by johnalison View Post
    I'd like to have seen that slowed down. There appeared to be a mass of incandescent particles thrown out. I hope that they were just loose dirt rather than the surface layers. I'll continue to keep my fingers crossed.
    I see speed controls on the video player, click the gear icon and select 0.25 x speed. Or not if you dont want to wince...
    FUCTIFANO

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    Default Re: Good job it doesnt strike twice...

    Not only electronics but everything electrical as well. Friends were struck in USA, every piece of electric wire was burnt out including alternator, starter motor, pumps.
    Answers to some technical queries at new website http://coxeng.co.uk

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    Default Re: Good job it doesnt strike twice...

    Had quite a few close calls but lucky to never actually been hit. Have seen results though on yachts with blown out electronic gear and wiring. Yucky.

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    Default Re: Good job it doesnt strike twice...

    An ex member of this furum (and another one) was struck by lightening.. so much damage it wrote the boat off.
    Life is too short to drink bad wine.

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