I am glad this thread has been restored if only so that we might find out a little more about the cause of the difficulty aboard the yacht if that is possible. Presumably the delivery
crew that abandoned the yacht must have given fairly detailed statements to the CG in their debrief and, presumably, the owner will become privey to that information sooner or later and will share what he learns.
On the matter of 3" of water
in the yacht, whether that was 3" total or 3" above the floor-boards was never made clear. In either case, however, on the B45 that would be managable--inconvenient but managable--particularly if, with periodic pumping, it was holding steady.
We have a similar yacht and on a trip a few years ago I discovered several inches of water
in a normally bone dry bilge
. A quick check of all the ususal suspects did not reveal the source of the water but it was reasonably easily controlled and we motor
sailed to our destination
, arriving 12-14 hours later. A subsequent investigation revealed that a broken tie-down in the bustle had allowed excessive movement in the exhaust
hose which cracked at the edge of its connection to the through-hull. This allowed water into the bustle, and thence below-decks, even when we were not running the engine
. RUnning the engine
made the inflow worse but, of course, ensured plenty of power for the pumps. An hour or two of work was all that it took to temporarily effect a fix and we later replaced the entire exhaust
hose--which proved to be a real trial.
FWIW I think a delivery
crew that does not have a vested interest in a yacht will be much less willing to make the effort to preserve a boat than will an owner and that may be the primary reason why the yacht was abandoned. Hopefully the owner will be able to effect a recovery.