Originally Posted by Steady Hand
What follows is written in a nonjudgmental and friendly tone of voice.
Don't feel bad about your experience. You are not the first sailor to have that same experience. It happens to many. In fact, I think it is so common that it is really a "rite of passage" for sailors.
It is one of the first things I caution sailors about when they start to go offshore, not saying that means you, where the waves and heel of the boat may be more than what they are accustomed to in bay or lake sailing or "marina dockside sailing" in milder conditions.
The classic scenario
is a new owner goes outside the bay into ocean waters and waves, for the first time there is a bit of wind, enjoying the thrill of what the boat was meant to do. Everyone is up in the cockpit hanging on for life and thinking of Rounding Cape Horn, because they are probably over canvassed and sailing on their ear. That is, until the admiral or crew or passenger goes below to find some water covering the cabin sole
or merely sloshing about, accompanied with the scream : "We are sinking!"
solution is to buy a cat.
That was intended as tongue-in-cheek humor
, no offense to an cat owners.
Serious and simple solution for the mono sailor:
put a bucket in the sink when you head out and need to wash things.. As needed, chuck it...the water that is..and make sure ALL crew and passengers know to use the bucket. Bucket and Chuck It. This works on all types of monos, from low priced to high priced. It also works on both tacks.
Lesson for anyone
, and that includes me: always be able to check the status and be able to close through hulls when needed.
No offence taken. I appreciate the feedback - your bucket idea is a good one.
In regards to getting to the seacocks. There is just no way... its just the way Crealock
designed the boat. We have a slack bilge
...there is no where to move the seacocks even if we wanted to because we HAVE no bilge
, at least not like I gave seen on friends boats.
I've got 6 seacocks in the engine
area that would require me to not carry anything at all in the lockers if I needed to get to them without moving stuff. All of them require me to get into the locker and two of those require me to lay on my back and stretch out as far as I can go. Or, go in through the stern locker and remove a bulkhead.
We recognize this is an issue in a real emergency
Our workable solution to this problem is great installation
, preventative maintenance
, and pumping volume. We replaced all her seacocks two years ago with new bronze flanged groco ball valve style through hulls (for which we have one backup of each size that we can screw on the replace it), new double ABA clamping after being treated with anti-corrosion spray, vetus wire-reinforced hoses, and a healthy dose of visual inspection
at least every 4 to 6 months of so when I am in the locker fixing something else. After two years they look brand new.
The deepest part of the bilge holds about 11 gallons (I tested it). After that we have maybe a foot before the water would reach the bottom of the engine
and the top of the floorboards. We could take a lot of water in that space because the volume grows quickly. Our boat is equipped with a 4000 GPH electric bilge pump
, 2000 GPH electric
, and a Bronze edson
manual pump, as well as a small 200 GPH. In reality I measured the 4000 at about 3000 GPH and we can effectively pump about 5000 GPH all together.
The largest seacock we have is 2.5". Its the deepest of our seacocks at about 1 foot beneath the static water line when fully burdened. It runs through a one way valve then a new groco bronze anti-siphon loop several feet above the water line. If that failed the seacock, I've calculated that the max water we could ship in an hour is about 7300 gallons, assuming we did not take any action and assuming the boat did not continue sink
So, we are a bit short of a complete dewatering solution at 5000 gallons per hour pumping volume but we have another 120 volt centrifugal pump we can run off our generator
or inverter/engine combo to make up the difference.
With the extra pump we would have an almost unlimited time to figure out a solution if the largest of the seacocks failed completely.
Of course we keep teak
plugs on hand.