Picked the wrong day to put the mast up on the Sailboat
So, we are trying to get our sail boat ready to run again. Used to keep it in a slip in California, but since we moved we've had so much to do around this place it just kind of fell into a bit of disrepair.
The last couple of weeks have been warm, but nice. Sometimes in the summer we get several days of super hot weather that kind of spawn 'monsoon' types of thunderstorms that do nothing but bring clouds, lightening, and fire. No moisture, so they just cause fires.
So nothing was in the forecast today and this morning I started doing some work on the boat. Decided I needed to get the mast up so I could get all the sheets, halyards, and lines off it to clean them up.
Then today it started to get cloudy in the afternoon and thunder starts rolling through the valley...
I went out there about an hour ago and I heard a weird 'tik tik tik tik' noise coming from the boat. There's nothing on that boat now. No batteries, nothing. We are cleaning it up.
The tik tik noise varied from 1 per second to sounding like a 120 beat on a metronome... Best as I can figure the static electricity was building up in the rigging and somehow was finding a way to ground somewhere through the boat. I'm guessing the skeg on the motor, but I wasn't going to get close enough to find out what with the lightning and thunder out and about.
Seems like the little bit if moisture we just got tempered it down.
I think tomorrow I'll pound a metal stake in the ground and hook some old jumper cables up to it to ground it until I take the mast down...
Last edited by Brent Dowell; 08-21-2010 at 10:45 PM.
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