“lock” even one door is significant risk. If a
thru-hull below the waterline can’t be closed,
either because it is broken or mechanically
frozen, the boat should be stored ashore for
the winter. The sole exception is cockpit
drains, which must be left open to prevent
water accumulations in the cockpit. These
should be inspected to ensure that the hose
and the hose clamps (two at each connection) are in good shape.
How about the thru-hull fittings above the
waterline? While boats with low freeboard
are more likely to be overcome by rainwater
or a slow leak, a boat is often much “closer”
to the water than its freeboard would indi-
cate. A cracked plastic thru-hull at the boot
stripe means that the boat only has to sink
an inch or two before it floods and heads to
the bottom. Boats have sunk because cracked
thru-hulls near the waterline were submerged
by the weight of snow and ice in the cockpit.
Plastic thru-hull fittings deteriorate in sunlight
and should be replaced with bronze if they are
cracked or broken. If this can’t be done imme-
diately, the boat should be stored ashore.
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