Date: 25 March 2021. Lightning
Strike series Conclusion (part 2)
The lightning that struck a neighboring Prairie did
not just take out one 12-volt battery. Details on that can be found in the
Lightning Strike and Errors Made
(part 1) article. Further problems were identified and solved in this,
the conclusion of the lightning series.
The lightning struck this
The boat is a gem, though she had been stored *on the hard for quite some
time before purchase.
hard: a vessel out of the water. This usually
means a boat has been hauled out for work, or for storage during an
off-season. Some northern boats spend their winters on land.
The upper helm
on the Prairie no longer worked properly. Back in October everything
on the fly bridge was functioning well. Then, for no apparent reason,
the engine could not be started topside.
issue/problem is in my view an Emergency. If your engine stalls it
never happens at an opportune moment. Thus, the ability to
immediately restart the engine is a critical safety measure.
Because I had a few months back mapped out the wiring on the bridge
of the Prairie,
naturally I did not think to check it again. It was right then, so why do
Our friend Jesse is a shipwright and experienced in tracking down and resolving
issues aboard boats. He immediately recognized the problem when he
started disassembling the upper helm instrument panel.
Jesse noted the BURNT ARC
↑ along the side of the
ignition switch. He surmised that lightning struck the boat.
#2: When the upper helm stopped properly working I should have
examined the instrument connections and double-checked my previous
I had recently worked on the entire upper helm, arrogance bit me on
the transom. My job topside including tracing the wires, diagramming
same, installing the new (see above) ignition switch, and verifying
the instruments worked. They did, at least until lightning struck.
"problem" with lightning is the far reaching effects it can have.
Almost all of the terminal ends on the instrument panel at the upper
helm were burnt. Jesse replaced those.
Jesse also designed and cut out of oak a new panel
for the smaller lower helm instruments.
Jesse had diagnosed the problem at
the upper helm. We bought a new ignition switch which Jesse
installed. The new terminal ends resolved all other issues topside.
Next, we needed to concentrate on
the lower helm, specifically the tachometer. Jesse
suggested Acme would best suit our needs. He also spoke highly of
Harry who owns the the business.
The solution to the tach issue was found at Acme Auto
Marine Electric Company.
additional wire needed to be installed on the Perkins alternator.
This connection wire will allow a tachometer gauge to register the revolutions per minute aka RPM's of the engine. Harry
is a long-time
small business owner on Treasure Island. His expertise is well-known
in the area.
Harry is a gem. He owns
Acme on Treasure Island, FL 33706 (Phone: 727-367-8333)
The company specializes in starters (marine and auto) plus
alternators and more.
our visit Harry took apart the alternator so he could attach a wire.
Once separated from the case, he recognized a problem. Lightning
had damaged the alternator. The alternator guts were replaced right then and there
with items in stock.
The ALTERNATOR COILS
were burnt. Additionally Harry replaced a couple more damaged parts.
We walked into Harry's
shop and less than an hour later we were on our way. Thank you
And thanks too to Jesse ↑ who
knew just the place to go!
What to Learn
from my Mistakes during the whole lightning fiasco:
That's it from the water. I thank you for reading.
Has your boat ever been struck by lightning?
And, how many CO monitors do you have in your home?
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