Originally Posted by ShoreAcres
............ I imagine the bilge pumps woudl have saved her if I didn't notice right away, but I won't forget this next year. be
Maybe. I find most bilge pumps are undersized. The question is, how much water cand ingress as opposed to the bilge pump capacity. Bilge pumps are spec'd for volume over time being pumped horizontally. add even 1 foot of rise from the pump to the through-hull discharge, the volume that can be pumped over the same time period drops dramatically. (buy a pump rated higher than what you need).
BTW, add "Close Seacocks" to the list of pre-launch steps. For that matter, add inspect and lube seacocks to the winter maintenance list. A few years ago, I watched a boat get launched and the hose wasn't properly connected. the seacock was frozen and the boat started sinking. The bilge pumps had no chance of keping up and the boat was quickly sinking. Thankfully the boat lift and operator were close by.