Biggest coincidence ever?
We need to file the following in the category of the biggest coincidences ever. Remember how I wrote yesterday that the wind instrument on both One Love and Harmony had stopped working as a result of that lightning strike? Well, that’s true, but conveniently they both broke in the exact opposite way.
Wind instruments have two basic parts: a display at the helm and a transducer which is installed at the masthead. After a quick round of troubleshooting yesterday morning, with coaching from our electrical-guru friend Simon Clay, I determined that our problem related to our helm display. Fortunately, it seemed that our masthead unit was OK. I went through a similar bit of troubleshooting for our friends on Harmony and found that they had the opposite problem, their display was fine but the transducer at the top of their mast was toast. Weird? We think so!
As it turns out, Budget Marine didn’t have a display to replace our broken one but they did have the complete wind package in stock. So what did we do? We bought the entire thing and split it up… Harmony took the wind unit and we took the display.
- Note: Big thanks to Nicholas at Budget Marine Grenada for delivering the package to us so promptly!
Replacing One Love’s broken display with the new one was relatively easy, and in short order we were back in business. Getting Wylie up to the top of his mast to swap the damaged transducer for the new one required a bit more planning and work but even that came off without a hitch. Before it was time for sundowners, both One Love and Harmony once again had fully functioning instruments. Did it suck to have to spend that money and time? Yes, but knowing the damage that can result from lightning, I think we both got off pretty lucky!
Our friend Maggie was itching to go up the mast so we helped her out.
She snapped this pic of One Love while she was up there.