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Have any members experienced the watertight door pulling away from the seal at the top when the crossbar is attached?
Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376
From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io On Behalf Of Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
Sent: Sunday, May 02, 2021 3:17 PM
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Water Intrusion and watertight bulkheads
if you want to convince yourself about the inadequacy of bilge pumps in the case of a hull breach remove your speed log from the through hull when the boat is in the water.
It is down right scary how much water comes in FAST from that relatively small hole. The idea of massive capacity 120 or 230 volt pumps sounds good till you consider Murphy's' law. What can go wrong, will go wrong, at at the worst possible time. Batteries don't like being under water.
What situation would necessitate that huge volume pump? You can bet not a quiet controlled one. Panic and mayhem may prevail. Gen set wont start. inverter fails, someone in panic gets it all wrong.
The captains Amel watertight bulkheads make all the sense in the world. But does all your crew know where the locking bars are, and how to fit them? Do you know where they are so you could put your hand on them in an instant.
Do the valves on the bilge piping that passes through the bulkhead operate, or are they frozen?The water tight bulkheads will buy valuable time while you find a method to pug the hole. Above the waterline, cushions stuffed in. Below the waterline a more compressed plugging. Large holes, fothering which is drawing a sail or something similar over the outside of the hull.
Certainly large pumps are great but just one of the methods needed.
Joel is it true that at an Annapolis boat show years ago they flooded the front cabin on a SM and showed the boat could still sail?
SM 299 Ocean Pearl