Keith saved a boat yesterday. Well, if he didn’t save it, he saved the brand new owners a very expensive after-hours emergency haul out. See that power boat there at the next slip over (and please ignore the dog-nose smudged window), that’s the one.
We were walking back to our boat and noticed a nice rainbow-y “sheen” in the water. I will be nice and not incriminate the “sheen makers” with any more details than that. Looking around we saw the new to the marina powerboat on the next dock over, we also saw three very worried looking men peering into the depths of the boat and at the very “sheeny” water. Um, think we found the source. We also saw that the water line was no where to be seen on their boat and a bit of a list was going on. Uh-oh.
Keith headed on over to check things out. It turns out they had just, like hours ago, bought the boat and had it put in the water and now realized they were taking on water. Apparently at a bit faster rate than the bilge pump was removing water. The men were quite frantically trying reach someone at the marina for an emergency haulout but were having no luck as it was closed for the evening, nor were they having any luck on finding the source of the water intrusion. Admittedly, a very good reason for the worried looks upon their faces.
Keith listened to their story and then asked if they had ” burped the cutlass bearing seal” when launched.
“Um, No, huh…what?”
Keith told them how and wa-la!— no more water pouring in.
Poor guys, welcome to the joys of owning a boat!