Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Lake Hopatcong, NJ
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Re: Crazy first time out on my sailboat today
Your boat has a cabin, so you won't be able to just stand up and toss it over the side.
You do not need a pump for the sink to drain. The sink is above the waterline, and if the boat is at rest, gravity will push the water in the sink down into the hose until the water level is at the same level as the exterior waterline. If the boat is moving at a good speed, the Bernoulli effect will actually pull the water down a little lower than the waterline. The seacock is a safety to turn off when leaving the boat to guard against hose or clamp failure. Also, sometimes if waves are pounding the boat from the side, a little water could gurgle up into the sink, so closing the valve is useful in those cases.
Just curious - what brand/model of infant life jacket was the baby wearing? Had he/she ever been in a swimming pool before?
Oneil superlight. They are USCG approved for under 30lbs. I also had 2 lifeguards on board, 1 currently certified, the other didn't retest.
I have about 40 lifejackets. Some are different for water skiing, etc. I bring tons of kids on my other boat, also it's a tri-toon on a lake. I've gotten stuck in rain a few times but I don't go out in foul weather with it.
Learning something new every day.
Thanks for the info on the Bernoulli effect. I will be looking into that also.
My cabin is tiny and I'm not that tall but standing up in the cabin I tossed buckets of water out from my shop vac over the side in my driveway.
1983 Starwind 19
Planning on getting this boat wet before the season is past me ... and keeping the inside dry !!!
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