Members' Online Book: Watertight Integrity, Chapter 3 of 8


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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Colin Speedie

Colin, European Correspondent here at AAC, is a deeply experienced offshore sailor who holds a Yachtmaster licence, and a gifted photographer and talented writer who has added a whole new dimension to Attainable Adventure Cruising. In addition, since Colin and Louise are from England and had their OVNI 435, Pèlerin built in France, they bring a European perspective to our site. You can read more about Colin and Louise and their business at their website.