Originally Posted by PCP
"Third Mate on sailing in two hurricanes before Sandy: The main difference is that, in those storms, our bilge pumps kept up.
Crew couldn't get the emergency pump to work. That's the pump no one had been trained to operate...."
It seems he thinks normal that a ship could be maintained afloat because pumps are getting out more water than the one that is coming in. It seems pumps were not used in emergencies but as a normally used component on sailing that ship.
This is so the crux of things. Would you ever sail your boat like this? ( except emergency)