Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Vancouver Island
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I close all my through hulls, except my cockpit drains and automatic bilge pump (which exits above the waterline) every time I leave the boat. It is a bit anal perhaps, but I read somewhere that most boats sink at their berth, unattended, because of failures of fittings. Mine are very easy to get at. Opening and closing them is routine and takes 15 seconds. Nothing has to be moved, one floorboard needs to be lifted. I visit my boat almost every day.
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar IV, iii, 217