As Steve had handled lightning strike repairs before, he was able to provideexcellent guidance and we worked with him and our insurance adjuster todevelop a plan of action. This plan is summarized as follows:1.
Get engines operational so that the boat could be moved to a facility thathas the ability to haul it. Conduct a thorough inspection of the boat anddevelop a comprehensive list of repairs needed.2.
Conduct critical repairs at the initial facility.3.
Conduct sea trials and when safe to do so, move the boat to Florida tocomplete less critical repairs, e.g., watermakers and entertainment systemswhere it is not cost-effective to pay travel expenses.4.
Keep the process on time and costs under control, as we were
ACE, by staying involved with all vendors.
Get Shear Madness Running Again
Like modern cars, our Detroit Diesel Series 60 engines have Electronic ControlModules (ECMs) on each engine with display units in the engine room, pilothouseand flybridge that monitor and provide information about their operation. Wealso have six remote throttle control stations, located in the Engine Room,thePilot House, the Flybridge, port and starboard Portuguese Bridges, and in theCockpit (stern). All of the ECMs, all the display units and all of the throttle controlstations were inoperable and had to be replaced.With limited methods to control the engines, the first step in our repair processwas to order the new ECMs, displays, and throttle controls, which took fourweeks to arrive. There is a manual override to allow the engines to be started bybypassing the electronic components, but as we were already in a marina whenthe lightning struck, we had no need to risk attempting an engine start until theengine mechanics were on board. Upon receiving the parts, Western BranchDiesel dispatched mechanics from Norfolk to come to the boat. With theirguidance, we conducted a test of the manual start procedure, which worked well.This was reassuring as we had wondered if we could have restarted the engines