When I was a lad at school...
<slip on the reminisence soundtrack and comfy slippers>
The river where my school had its boatshed (Barwon River in Geelong,
Oz) had a reasonably regular tendency to flood across winter, and
rowing being a summer sport there meant the shed would be unattended
for long period of time across the winter term.
The school boatman, as one of his last tasks before heading off on a
long and well-earned break, would tie all shells to their racks and do
just what Jon described - tie small plastic hoses from the highest
points in the inside of the boat to a point above the bottom (now top)
of the shell, such as the rack above.
I believe they learnt this practice the hard way (large number of
wooden boats severely damaged during a serious flood back in the past)
and whilst I was there we did have one bad flood that caused no boat
damage of a structural nature - just tonnes of mud everywhere and a
I can see that for newer designs of boat this approach would
necessitate a large number of hoses or pipes per boat, but the hassle
of doing this still beats having to buy a new fleet after the
insurance company refuses to pay-out due to your club not having taken
>> Let forget about hatches for a moment. If you had a sculling boat
>> which had had it canvases (let's be nostalgic as well) removed
>> and it was tied to a rack hull up. If the boathouse slowly flooded
>> would the hull fill with water? (Let's also asume that the hull
>> has not leaks).
>No it couldn't, could it?
>The solution is to get a long piece of pipe and tape it to the floor of
>the boat and when upturned feed it out so it sticks above the top of the
>Or...just move the boats off the racks. :)