Basically totally in agreement
Originally Posted by sunchaser
The source and amount of the leak are relevant. Some vessels have leaking on board water tanks. Nuisance yes, hazardous no. Many have wooden boats that are not water tight to the Nth degree. Was recently on a very large 90 year old wooden work boat to yacht conversion where bilge pump cycles were a measured sign of health, for nearly a century.
I know of many vessels that have been sinking for their lifespan. Dry bilges on all boats is not attainable. On mine, a dry bilge is attainable thus a bell weather.
being perhaps not
attainable (especially with older wooden vessels)all though I believe we all would rather have dry bilges and i know for a fact the Insurance companies prefer it and question any of my reports should I note water in the bilge of any vessel, more and more I get questioned at length if any water is present,
I'm not to sure I would agree with a leaking wooden boat is a sign of health
how ever and I know the Insurance company wouldn't at all , as per above it only takes the bilge pumps to fail un noticed , water rises , batteries go under , next thing you know it's a frightened man with a bucket,
And if you were half way to Hawaii from Seattle and those water tanks went dry then it would be an life threatening hazardous
situation, so for me like with you Dry bilges in any argument mean a safer vessel,