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post #5 of Old 04-04-2011
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Stop The Boat!

First: Stop the boat. Heave to or strike sails and lay a-hull.

Hydrostatic pressure on any leak below the waterline increases significantly with movement through the water. By stopping the boat, you can significantly reduce the influx of water and gain time for any other actions necessary (pumping, radioing, abandoning, etc).

After that, do all of these as close to simultaneously as possible (depending on crew contingent):

-Begin de-watering boat (pumps, manual and electric)
-Start engine if safe to do so (after confirming engine systems are not source of leak, but before wearing down batteries with pumps)
-Locate source of water ingress and attempt to patch/stem
-Evaluate boat status -- minimal flooding under control and decreasing, steady state, or still filling despite pumping?
- Communicate position and status
- Precautionary abandon ship preparations

Stay calm. Don't give up!

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