When Lightning Strikes

When lightning strikes, things can get funky. This certainly proved true for an Eastbay 38 after a suspected strike left the boat with a host of issues.

Plotters became jumpy and lost their ability to locate the boat; engine synchronizers, radios, and gauges became inoperable; the rudder indicator lost its way; and even the HVAC stopped cooling the boat.

To address these issues, and other elective projects, the owner decided to bring his boat to GIBY. Repairs are presently underway.

Kevin has removed the old electronics units, opened the helm panels, cleared access to existing wiring, and begun to template for the installation of an all new Garmin electronics package.

Meanwhile, Steve C has removed two large sliding widows, both with delaminating glass and worn tracks. When reinstalled, these will be rebedded and made true, minimizing the threat of leaks and improving ease of operation.

Other winter updates on board will include refurbishing the teak decks, replacing the gas struts on the cockpit hatches, inspecting and servicing the seacocks, and replacing both the house and genset batteries.

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