Crash Pump

When John realized that the large bilge pump on Morgan’s Cloud was not really suitable, he went looking for an alternative in the commercial and industrial world and found a good solution.

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Colin continues in his pursuit of watertight integrity by looking at ways to waterproof deck fittings.


There are few things more miserable on a boat at sea than salt water below from deck leaks. And if said leaks get bad enough, they can sink you. Colin has a whole series of tips on how to stop that happening to you.

Watertight Bulkheads

Though watertight bulkheads are arguably not imperative, they could give you some extra time when it really counts. Colin describes how they installed watertight bulkheads on their OVNI 435.

Risk Management and Watertight Bulkheads

I have written at some length on watertight bulkheads because I think the subject represents an interesting exercise in risk evaluation, a process all of us who wish to sail offshore must become adept at, because if we treat all risks as equal, and try to guard against each of them equally, we will quite simply never leave the wharf.

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Keeping The Water Out

A motor boat negotiates its way around floating logs, British Columbia

When we were formulating our long-term list of places to visit during our cruising life, the Pacific northwest was high on our list. And having spent Christmas and New Year on the shores of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, we can confidently say that as a cruising ground it has now gone well up the list. It has everything we like—magnificent scenery, wonderful wildlife, a fascinating culture and friendly people. And that’s just where we were—as you progress farther North into the more remote areas we’re reliably informed it gets better and better.

So, what is there that’s not so good? Well one thing that astonished me was the amount of timber everywhere, both on the beaches and in the water. Not just small stuff either—huge logs and stumps that could easily do substantial (if not terminal) damage to any decent sized yacht. But clearly there’s a sizeable sailing community in the area, so how do they cope with it? And beyond keeping a really careful look-out, and perhaps avoiding night passages, what else can be done?