I understand your reluctance to change things on a Hal Roth boat, and I understand very well your problem of being away for extended periods.
For 17 years I lived aboard a boat in a Washington DC
marina with excellent facilities, good staff, good friends, etc. For most of this time I traveled frequently overseas to Europe
, the Middle East, Southeast Asia
, the Caribbean
, and Latin America. Later, I kept another boat in the Caribbean
for 11 years at an excellent marina and had to leave her for 3-4 months at a time.
Now, I work in the marine
trades, doing electrical
and mechanical and communications
work. Given my own experience and learning
(I hope) from others, it is a VERY GOOD IDEA to have a good automatic dewatering system aboard. This is not something to skimp on. When you do it -- and I'm sure you will come to the conclusion that you really need to -- pay particular attention to the bilge pump
switches and the bilge
pumps themselves. Pumps. At least two. Think also about a very loud high-water alarm
, one which will wake the dead in your marina if the water
level rises to a dangerous level.
As others have said, batteries shouldn't be left uncharged...even AGM
and gels. Get a good multi-stage battery charger
and leave it on. Mine are on 24/7. This not only helps keep the batteries in good condition, but it's very good backup in the event that your bilge pump
has to work for a long period to deal with water
A final thought: if the worst should happen before you fit the bilge
pumps, and the boat should go down or partially down, my guess is the insurance
company will likely declare owner negligence for not having an automatic bilge pump aboard. And, remember, when a boat goes down there's not only the cost of raising it and salvaging it and fixing things -- if you can -- but there's the liability for pollution. In the Chesapeake and elsewhere, the Coast Guard takes this very seriously, and costs can be very high.
If you wanna talk about this, give me a buzz. Email
is bill at wdsg dot com