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Old 04-30-2012, 11:27 PM   #11
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i almost had this happen to me once years ago livewell pump sheered off and started filling the bilge. i learned a very valuable lesson that day i always put ball valves on thru hulls i would have them on my scuppers if i could figure out how to put them on there
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:37 PM   #12
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billin,

If your scuppers are stainless or bronze; you could have some threads from another thru-hull TIG welded onto the scupper. I just now thought about that when reading your post after coming to the same conclusion.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:23 AM   #13
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Thanks for the reminders to check these things at the beginning of the season.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:31 AM   #14
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A friend of the owner said he suspected a raw water hose failure.
One engine shuddered, and opening the hatches reviled the hull was full of water.

For you outboard only guys, a raw water pump on an inboard gas or diesel moves a hell of a lot of water to cool the engine, far more than most bilge pumps can overcome.
Most of the time, a hose fails on the discharge side of the pump.
A High Water alarm can save the day, but most smaller boats don't have one.
Of course, maintenance is the key. Trying to beat a frozen sea cock closed with a pipe wrench is never fun. And that is the rare occasion you have a hose failure on the suction side of a pump.
A leak on the discharge side, most common, you simply turn the engine off to stop the leak. This is usually caused by a high pressure condition due to a restriction in the exhaust risers, corrosion, that dead heads the raw water pump, causing hoses to blow off the fittings.

Sad the boat was lost, but great all was OK. Sounds like there safety plan was in place and were well prepared.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:38 AM   #15
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I've been meaning to get one of these. Guess I better get to it.


Glad to here everyone made it out O.K.

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Old 05-01-2012, 09:04 AM   #16
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I've been amazed at how people let boats sink out from under them when solutions are so simple. In the past 50 years, I've had several try to sink under me and one did catch fire and burn to the waterline. When everyone is is looking for plugs, take your shirt off and stuff it in the hole. Once back in the early 70's, my brother and I had an old wooden Luhrs. On the way back from offshore one day, we notice it was wallowing. Opened a hatch and water was even with the floor braces. We had sprung a seam open. Water was half way up the engines. My brother kept it pointed toward the hill, I jumped in the bilge with my knife, cut the intake hoses on the engine and stuck them in the bilge to suck water. Stuffed rags in the incoming water lines. Kept us afloat enough to get in the bay where we put it on the first sandbar we could find.
As soon as we could get enough water out to see where it was coming from. we stuffed more rags in the seam to stop the leak and we backed off the bar and took it to the boatyard.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:48 AM   #17
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Does anyone know more details of the boat? All I ever read was a '32 ft boat'.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:56 AM   #18
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Cant' stress enough how valuable a cheap high water alarm can be. I had a livewell fitting break on my relatively new boat and fortunately found out when that distinctive bell alarm went off. Even two large bilge pumps weren't enough to offset the inflow. Without it I may not have realized the boat was filling with water until it was too late. A simple float switch and a 12-volt red bell is all it takes.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:07 AM   #19
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New snapper reef! That has to be a horrible feeling of watching your boat sink
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:10 PM   #20
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Had a close friend tell me today that his dad(who is a very large man) was supposed to be on the boat with them but the night before he decided to go to the hunting camp instead. Lucky guy
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