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IMHO, not having a full-time automatic bilge pump is a considerable risk. I wouldn't like to tell my insurance company that I'd turned off my bilge pump and my boat sank!
There are many things short of "catastrophic failure" which can and do sink boats, or cause significant damage from high water in the boat. Some people leave a hose connected to their fresh water systems. They believe that their safety devices like pressure regulators and volume counters are all they need. Those are boat sinkings just waiting to happen.
Shaft leaks are another problem area, as are deck leaks, cockpit drain leaks, port leaks, deadlight and hatch leaks, and other leaks which build up over time.
Even with a fast inflow of water, a working bilge pump will buy some time and will alert any neighbors or dock personnel passing by to a continuously running bilge pump.
Bilge pumps should be properly installed, carefully maintained, and left on when you leave the boat. It is also a very good idea to have a very loud high water alarm....loud enough to alert neighbors and dock personnel.
Last edited by btrayfors; 12-11-2011 at 12:19 PM.