- Bilge bumps
- Oh, yea and keel bolts if you have them
To us, the three most important items on a sailboat, or any boat for that matter, are the batteries, the bilge pumps, through-hulls, and keel bolts, although sailboats like ours have an encased keel.
We were recently getting ready for the day and finishing our morning coffee when First Mate called to me and told me to come out on the bow and have a look down the dock. To my surprise there was a sailboat tied up at the end that sank last night. A sad sight indeed.
That got us thinking about the causes for such a thing and how important it is to have a good set of batteries on board along with a good battery charger. Those would be number one when it comes to keeping your boat afloat. Next, and just as important as the first, is at least one working bilge pump. We have two. The third, and these things are not necessarily in order, is to check
Anyway, it was a sad sight. I’m not sure just what caused this and I will follow up at a later date when they float this sailboat. In the end, if the boat had good batteries and at least one, if not two bilge pumps, it might have had a fighting chance.