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Old 04-06-2021, 05:06   #1
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Security measures for avoid flooding in my sailboat

Hi! I made a short video about the security measures that I have in my 27 feet sailboat for avoid inundations. It would be great if you can check it out and give me some feedback about how to improve them. thanks! Best regards.
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Old 04-06-2021, 06:59   #2
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Re: Security measures for avoid flooding in my sailboat

There are three areas in the boat which could use improvement. The cockpit lockers on a lot of production boats do not have good seals or ways to lock them tight. Next, You have a bridge deck of reasonable height but consider the volume of water if you take a wave over the stern. Will your drop boards still be there? Last, Now picture the entire cockpit filled up to the top of the cockpit. That’s tons of water. How will it find a quick way out. Now it’s rare a single wave will fill it but ...Look at the size of the foot well Alone in the cockpit. To drain this out quickly, you would need a two or three inch drain straight out the back.
The side deck drains are nice for a splash but where green water is going to sink you will be by popping a port open or ripping off a forward hatch. These and a huge cockpit...are the ship killers. Storm shutters out of Lexan. Companionway door or slide. Reducing the cockpit volume and or huge drain / scuppers above the waterline. And then there is the outboard. Will it open a hole in the hull?
I know you want to help with the video and catastrophic flooding is a very important subject. Your bucket suggestion is excellent and has been pointed out by many experienced voyagers but now often overlooked.Two crew, three buckets or more. Fear and a bucket is old but true. We are seriously looking at dewatering semi trash pumps, not just for our use, but to lend to others in distress. It’s what the USCG drops to sinking boats and is carried on commercial vessels. Smaller models are now coming to market and they can move a lot of water.
Perhaps you could video a sailboat really designed for offshore work and point out the best features. For example...getting back onboard by yourself. Why the lack of a stern ladder can be fatal without a storm. Maybe how to add places to clip into the boat while going in or out from below.
The manatee crew gives you a hats off gentlemen and a nice wave as this is an important subject and they appreciated your thread. There are a lot of suggestions in books on heavy weather sailing and I hope the forum members will add some suggested readings.
Happy trails to you.
Captain Mark and his “we are already overboard” manatee crew.
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Old 06-06-2021, 04:48   #3
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Re: Security measures for avoid flooding in my sailboat

Quote "Smaller models are now coming to market and they can move a lot of water."

Manateeman, could you steer me to some of this market? I have a dewatering pump to install, and used to carry a gasoline OMG pump, and am considering the next step.
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Old 06-06-2021, 06:21   #4

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Re: Security measures for avoid flooding in my sailboat

Sponge bro.
Helps finish the job neatly.

+1 agreeing with decent cockpit seat seals plus plugs to bung their drainage incase you need to secure floatation fast.

Plus through holes in hull should have a quick fix such as bung plugs, spare threaded end caps, threaded valves, something similar and not to bulky bro..
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