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Stop Sinking With Onboard Materials

Use materials from your boat to keep it from sinking.

September 18, 2014
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Hammer or kick pieces of fiberglass back into place, being careful not to cut yourself.
Make a seal. We used a piece of an unneeded life jacket. Foam from mattresses or cushions or folded beach towels work well.
Cover that patch with something stiff. We pried a door from its galley cabinet. Hatch covers beneath seat cushions work. Wedge it in place. We used a short telescoping brush handle turned diagonally inside the compartment. A long boat hook might wedge against the underside of the deck or cabin overhead. Be creative.
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