Boy, that was a beautiful boat, if it was the one at the San Diego boat show
in January. Beautiful!
The ISO standards for hull windows includes required tests by the manufacturer/builder to show that the lamination fails before the window comes loose. So I do not suspect the hull windows.
I am also ALWAYS concerned whenever I sail a boat if I cannot easily and very quickly (a minute or less) inspect all areas where seawater is on the other side: the entire hull and deck
Of course, nearly all production boats use hull and deck
liners. Therefore, I am concerned when on nearly any production boat. I specifically search the boat to ensure I can access everything: tanks
, their hold downs, where structure meets the hull, all holes in the deck (under winches, stanchions, hatches, mast
access holes, etc), and so on. I want to know what I can see, and what I cannot. When I cannot easily see somewhere, I try to fabricate an approach, such as one of those wands with a mirror and LED on the end.
If I can see water anywhere, and it comes back when I dry it with a paper towel, then there is a problem. Track it down, be absolutely certain that you know for sure where that water came from, and why it is not longer coming in. If the water IS still coming in, DO SOMETHING TO STOP THE WATER COMING IN! There are always lots and lots of things you can do.
And remember -- when things start going wrong, be sure to consider the full slate of possibilities on causes and what you can do. Never, ever, get stuck on one approach -- say, ensuring the bilge pump
works -- and then thinking the problem is solved
, or that nothing else can be done. Something else can always be done!
Only the sealed bilge
under old fashioned packing glads should ever have any water. You should be able to tell where any water inside the boat came from. Not guess, you should know.
A friend lost
his boat because he did not consider that the tiny bit of water always around the keel bolts
could have been due to one or more failed keel
bolt: the keel
fell off, and the boat sank completely within a minute or two. He and his wife were left treading water with their dog.
I think the problem will again come down to the most common reason boats sink: bad judgment caused by a low level of debilitation due to sea state (e.g., seasickness) combined with fatigue and/or diesel fuel odor