Watertight Integrity, Part III—Deck

Chapter 3 of 6 in the Online Book Watertight Integrity
Testing conditions between St Vincent and St Lucia

Testing conditions between St Vincent and St Lucia

As I think I’ve made clear in the previous two chapters of this Online Book, keeping the water out is a number one commitment for any offshore boat.

And not just large amounts, although obviously that’s a fundamental priority, too. Relatively modest amounts of water can cause real issues with sensitive electronics, especially in today’s shallow bilged boats, where even a small quantity of salt water can find its way out of the bilges and into the switch panel in the event of a knockdown, which has happened to me. And many small leaks come from seemingly innocuous places—above the waterline and on deck.


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