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
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.
Mark and his “we are already overboard” manatee crew.