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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