This is why I installed an alarm
switch in the keel
. It's on top of the lead so somewhere around 15 gallons of water gets in the boat before it goes off. This also activates the big bilge pump
. Since the switch is on top of the lead, that is where the keel
volume increases significantly and is still around 2 1/2 feet down in the keel, so I have a chance to close seacocks and look around for a leak while everything but the lower portion of the keel is dry, so a leak is easy to spot.
And yes I know where each through hole in the boat is, and propane
locker drain, speed transducer, holes most times above the waterline, and don't forget to look at the stuffing box for the leak.
You know you can refine each of these what ifs to the point where you pretty much just have to get into the life raft.
A reasonable person makes all the reasonable preparations he can and knows what to do with them. If you were in the military you actually practiced them. Then you ad lib as the situation demands.
I have a friend who used to be an EMT, and taught first aid classes
as well and he used to get very upset with people trying to do more and more twisted what if situations that were impossible to plan for.
Many years ago my wife got food
poisoning bad enough that she passed out, I didn't know what was wrong at the time. We were on a 16 foot Boston Whaler in the middle of Puget Sound
in 15 knot
winds, a couple of feet of waves. After calling out her name and giving her a shake, I tried to do ABC. I could not feel her breath on my ear because of the wind
. I could not see her chest move through the multiple layers of clothing
and the dry suit, with the boat jumping up and down it probably would have been nearly impossible to see her chest move even with the layers off. While I started working on alternate solutions I tried calling and shaking her again, at this point she came to. At the time I kept thinking they didn't cover this in First Aid. Well they're not going to, you can't cover every weird situation, and nobody will remember them if you do try to cover 1000s of them.