So here is a quick and handy test to see if you have a too complicated (spelled unsafe) boat...But I'd like to amplify that a little.
If the answers to #1 and #2 require ponderation of any sort exceeding ten seconds you have too many holes in your boat.
- How many seacocks and thruhulls do you have?
- Do you know where they all are and how to get to them in a hurry?
It isn't just that you have to know where all the seacocks are and be able to reach them.. You must be able to reach and operate them when the boat is sinking:
- It is pitch black inside the cabin because the batteries are shorted out.
- You are at sea, in a storm (of course...); the boat is rolling.
- The floorboards are floating. This means that the bilge is under water - water that is now probably mixed with battery acid, diesel, and oil.
Think you can?