Finding yourself in a sinking boat isn't a common occurrence—but holes below a boat’s water line and/or swamping can result in your boat taking on water. The winter months are the perfect time to assess your boat’s safety and prepare for worst-case scenarios like a sinking vessel. Be sure you know how to avoid—and contend with—a sinking boat.
Compass, a publication of America’s Boating Club, suggests the following first steps should your boat begin taking on water.
- Make sure everyone is wearing a life jacket.
- Request assistance from the Coast Guard or other authorities.
- Check that bilge pumps are in working order.
- Then take action to remove the accumulating water.
The Compass article also discusses bilge pumps, scuppers, and when to abandon ship.