Originally Posted by stormalong
It's that one time that you are in a hurry to go somewhere and leave it connected that will get you sunk. Bad practices are bad practices.
Guess you missed the part about not leaving the boat unattended with the hose connected... It would be bad practice to leave the companionway hatch
and doors unsecured when leaving the boat, but it's pretty hard to get use the boat without unlocking them. I also don't leave the dock without closing the forward hatch
sheets), but I can enjoy the ventilation provided by having both it and the companionway
open while inside the cabin
at the dock.
Yes, if I did rush off somewhere and leave the hose connected, an internal connection could leak, with a simultaneous bilge pump
failure, and the boat would sink. But I don't rush off. I don't fail to flake and cover the mainsail
and hose the salt
off the boat after returning to the slip. I don't fail to shut off the propane
. And most of the time, I don't connect the dock hose to the boat at all. But if I do, I don't just shut off the hose bib. I disconnect the hose at both ends, drain it, coil it, and place it (and the whole house filter housing) in the dock box.
If I was so afraid of something bad happening that I couldn't use the amenity of being able to connect a hose to the boat, I wouldn't have a sailboat in the first place. Or pretty much any watercraft bigger than a rubber ducky.
Don't connect a hose, you'll sink your boat! Don't have propane
, it'll leak and you'll blow up! Don't have a gasoline engine
, you'll blow up!
Yes, I enjoy my Force 10 propane stove
. Yes, I have a 41 year old boat with (gasp!) an Atomic 4 gasoline engine
. Amazing the boat lasted 41 years without exploding!!! Guess what, they've been put in over 40,000 boats since 1949, and not one documented explosion.
Yes, if you're careless and ignorant, bad things can happen.
Sorry for the thread drift and verbosity, but it's Friday night!