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  Posted by: scupperfrank on Apr-17-13 8:33 PM (EST)

tightening the hatches, and/or checking seals and resealing them? No offense, but an electric bailer seems like a bit of an over-the-top response to a not-an-entirely-uncommon occurrence...

When I was strictly an SOT-er, I flipped the boat three times unintentionally, and several times quite intentionally. In no cases did I take on appreciable amounts of water -though I did learn a somewhat painful financial lesson: fasten or tie down anything in the boat that you do not want to lose! I had to replace a great pair of fins, a snorkel, and a prescription mask because they went diving without me...

But the boat? My old Scupper Pro TW was just fine. And your hatch must have been quite loose, because I got the old S-Pro flipped back upright -in a chop in the middle of a cut between two islands with the current running -as soon as I got over the surprise ending and splashdown, about 30 seconds max -and it hadn't taken on any water that I could discern.

Before you spend the dough on a bailer, why not check the hatches, make sure they fasten down tight and have good seals, and then practice some dumps and self-rescues? You might be pleasantly surprised at your boat's improved seaworthiness, and better yet, your ability to expedite a much drier self-rescue, as you


-Frank in Miami

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