Putting Archimedes’ “Eureka!” moment aside, a boat can be said to float because there’s more water on the outside than on the inside. And while the concept of displacement might baffle some of us, it’s a safe bet that every boater knows when the water on the outside starts becoming water on the inside, something has
to be done, and quickly. Here are three ways to stop a sudden leak, before your
boat ends up looking more like Archimedes’ bathtub.
Designed as a replacement for traditional
wooden bungs, which often need to be
hammered into place to staunch the flow
of water, TruPlug is made from closed-cell foam, the elastic type that springs
back into shape after you
compress it. Like foam
earplugs, TruPlug is
designed to be installed
Yes, in a perfect world,
should a hose pop off your
raw-water intake, you’d just
close the seacock. But in
reality, these valves are frequently neglected and stuck in
the open position. Or perhaps,
in a truly disastrous turn of
events, a heavy battery or piece
of equipment breaks loose and shears off
an aged, corroded, or fatigued seacock.
In such a case, you’d be glad to have the
flexibility of TruPlug’s foam, which can
conform to somewhat irregular shapes.
But you don’t have to imagine a
worst-case scenario to find a reason
to keep this $20 item in your toolkit.
The plastic “mushroom”-style thru-hulls
through which scuppers, bilge pumps,
and livewells drain overboard are notori-
ous for cracking and leaking after years of
UV abuse. Having a plug handy to jam
into one of these openings might just get
you back to the dock without having to
bail all the way home. P H
By Michael Vatalaro
3Ways To Stop Your Boat From Sinking Quick action – and these three items – can keep your boat afloat in an emergency
Usually this much water coming in the
boat is cause for alarm. But this angler
believes in big scuppers and bare feet.