Monday, October 05, 2015
ANOTHER WAY TO SINK A BOAT
It’s funny just after writing my last blog post “Prep For Storms”, right on my own dock a boat goes down - not by storm but by other means. It doesn’t pay to neglect a boat. More boats are sunk by neglect than by storms. Many boats take on some water while sitting tied to a dock. It might be rainwater finding it’s way in, or it might be a through hull fitting leak. If your boat is plugged in and the battery charger is doing it’s job - the bilge pumps will remove the water. But if the boat is not plugged in ... eventually the batteries will get depleted by the bilge pump cycling on and off. And when the battery juice is depleted, the bilge pump stops and the boat takes on water and goes to the bottom. The boat in the picture will likely be a write off. It is suspected that it had a small leak in the jet drive bellows and eventually the batteries got tired and couldn’t keep the bilge pump working. An easy thing to overlook. We all just assume a boat will float when it goes in the water. The only thing holding the boat up is the cleated dock lines and a bubble trapped up in the bow. The engine was completely under, as were the batteries and most of the electronics. If you can’t check your boat every few days make sure someone takes on the responsibility for you.