Thanks AquatiCat for posting
this very important article.
I cannot imagine ever loosing an escape hatch
in a real seaway!
is located on the galley
floor and I used to open it routinely when at anchor
for not only ventilation but it also served as a convenient place to throw food
And when it came time to leave I always went around and personally closed all ports
and hatches especially making sure the escape hatch was locked.
One day while sailing in the relatively protected swimming pool water
of the BVI's I started sailing with a gentile 12-15 kt. breeze and witnessed a tremendous amount of water
flooding the cabin
floor because unknown to me my daughter had come behind and reopened the escape hatch to throw out food
and forgot to close it.
This of course was simply remendied by stopping the boat and closing the hatch with the 4 locking handles that Lewmar
supplied with it.
However the amount of water that entered left such an impression on me that no one is allowed to touch that hatch other than myself and I never open it anymore other than for careful inspection
After reading this article I am seriously thinking about building some sort of emergency
repair kit to have on hand if I were to ever have a catastrophic failure while in a real seaway.
The first thing that comes to mind would be a thick piece of plastic or wood over a large rubber gasket
that could be quickly screwed in place using a power drill. However will give this more thought .
Anyone have a good emergency