Bill Kinney, you voiced something that was niggling me too. If you have a freshwater pump that can dump 500 litres into your bilge in about 10 minutes, can your bilge pump handle that. I didn’t get to checking the figures, but it would be nice to think that if a coupling gave way and the pump started pumping water into the engine room, then the bilge pump could keep up.
It happened in my last boat. We had a nice sail, anchored up, went down below to find our floor boards afloat.
Panic, then relief upon tasting!
We chucked in some detergent and gave the bilge a really good clean.