I agree there is reason for concern.
Let me apologies in advance for my long winded post. Feel free to skim it may not be worth the read for some anyway.
I advocate full comprehension of a problem before finding a solution. I have found in my quest to find components for my solution I have run across ones in the industry and out on the water that appear to not fully comprehend the way real life emergencies would come about, they have adjusted their solutions accordingly. Thus there are not many engine driven crash pumps in place ready for use.
By the time I am finished we will have primary ( low volume )and secondary (high volume) DC bilge
pumps in 2 locations. An engine driven crash pump 2 portable high flow electric
pumps that can be run from a genny. Below 2x dual action manual bilge
pumps plus one manual operated from the helm
. Buckets on hand of corse plus emergency
sail set to be used as a crash mat/tarp.
I have already installed insulation/ reserve buoyancy at deck
level and in stowage areas. About 1000kg of buoyancy worth so far. Down the line there will be more.
At the moment I am making all our storage
areas water tight and sealing up areas that will make about 3 thousands Kg more in reserve buoyancy.
Bulkheads will be capable of being sealed off 3 in total. All my electrical
is done in a submersible fashion. I am considering buoyancy bags that can be stowed away.
Manual start of engine is an idea I fully agree with. Axes hacksaws pry bars etc are essential too.
Since we are doing a complete refit
many things don't take significantly more effort or money
. Just pre planning, a clear vision okay and extra money
Ultimately I would like the capability to keep afloat, make essential repairs
pump out and be able to continue on in most circumstances. Worst case I'd prefer to stay on board using the vessel as a life raft if required. Having said that the dinghy
will be prepped to double as an emergency
life raft plus we have the inflatable
canister Solas life raft as a last resort.
With 2 young girls on board I want to give us the best chances of survival should the worst happen. On that note most of my systems include primary secondary and a isolated redundant back up. This approach does not suit everyone and has to be well planned to not cost a fortune, to work as planned and to work as well as any other primary system.
It seems I'm an oddball in Australia
and do not conform to the she'll be right mentality. Probably because of my Canadian background.
This maybe a curse in other regards as I find researching hunting and finding what I'm after often takes as long as the job itself. I become OCD finding what I know must exist. Then I often need to find it at a price
I can justify.
My point is I am
Likely not alone and there will be those that like to dot all the i's and cross all the t's others will be comfortable with a lot less and feel they have it covered often times for most things they will be right. So it's all a trade
I guess I should mention I come from a life of Tech and commercial diving
, alpine and big wall climbing have worked rescue
Firefighting and at one point I ran a company setting up expedition vehicles for remote
explorations so my philosophies have been moulded a lot from my personal experience.