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Old 06-02-2019, 21:35   #61
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Re: Escape Hatch Failure

Originally Posted by fxykty View Post
How is it possible to not notice that the hatch has been left open when under way? From my own experience of having done this (left a hatch open for ventilation and forgot to close before getting under way) there is plenty of splashing noise coming from the hatch, very distinct from the usual sounds of being under way. In our case that was enough to go below and close it before more than just the toilet paper roll got wet. And we quickly added it to our getting under way checklist.

In the case of accidentally leaving a hatch open, once enough water comes into the boat I assume the bilge pump(s) come on. Is it only on our boat that our electric bilge pumps sound an alarm when they are operating? How could you possibly not notice how much water is coming in before the hull sinks enough to submerge the lower edge of the escape hatch and the splashing turns into a flood?
While I did talk with skipper, it was mostly about saving the boat, not the details about how it happened in the first place. This was not a charter deal, this was an experienced skipper on his own boat. It is important to realize that there is a tipping point and when that is reached, bilge pumps can't keep up.

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