Good today it is necessary to talk about the possible cases of boat sinking, practically the opposite of what we spoke a few days ago: FIRE.
It is important whenever we go out to sail, to check everything and even more, everything that entails entrance of salt water. Air conditioners, generators, engines, toilets, etc. And so, it is also important to bring on board life jackets, life rafts and check the proper operation of electric and manual bilge pumps and their automatic start devices.
Once we arrive at port, it is not worth forgetting everything and mooring & leaving. It is of equal importance for the maintenace of our boat, to review everything again, something that we do not usually do. Once in port, you have to put the boat in charge, hence, the importance that the ship carries a battery charger fitted. In other words, if you have a waterway, the bilge pumps are working, if you notice soon there is no problem, but if the pumps are running for hours without charging, the batteries run out, until they stop and Glu Glu Glu….
When coming back from navigation, it is necessary to go down to engines room and check that no tube has been cracked, that any metal clamping flange has been loosened, any metal piece cracked, etc. etc. It is also very important to carry spigots of different sizes and in case of rupture of some tube or sea cock, to solve the water inlet provisionally.
From time to time the bottom taps must be opened and closed and greased with Vaseline
I hope these tips help you.
Have a nice sailing!