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Any time you're working on something below the waterline, be it the stuffing box, a transducer, or a thru-hull/seacock, once water starts coming into the boat it ALWAYS seems like a deluge. In reality, unless you open things up and let the ocean pour in for an extended period (more than a several minutes at a time) you're not gonna sink the boat. In fact, most jobs can be finished long before more than 5 or 10 gallons get on the wrong side of the hull. Just stuff a rag, a bit of foam rubber, or even some tightly wadded up paper towels into the offending void and fix whatever you have to. If need be, recruit a friend or spouse to apply a not-so-sterile dressing and some direct pressure on the open wound while you run to the chandlery or hardware store to get the necessary bits.
Never forget them. Do something to prevent it from happening again.
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