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post #10 of Old 08-26-2012
sawingknots
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re: Went to the boat for a sail..and its Flooded!!!

I have so little cofidence in automatic bilge pumps that i have mine rigged only manually turn on off,i keep a constant check on all thru hulls and also the packing gland,in my opinion most people put too much faith in auto pumps,I've never saw a maintained packing gland suddenly sink a boat,hoses are usually the culprit [fewer thru hulls]and regular inspections are a must,amazingly most boats sink drains are only cheap metal not stainless,I've saw 2 different boats sink because the sink hose attachments corroded away allowing the hose to fall down below the waterline,the cockpit drain is the other likely problem,i clean mine at least once per month even in the winter when i don't stay on the boat,btw a older boat sank at a marina i was at and it had 3 automatic pumps on the other hand i've saw basicly abandoned remaiun floating for years
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