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Re: Pumps
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Pumps are nice and are useful, but a quick T-rescue style dump, and a scramble or heel-hook back in the boat will leave some water but is often quicker, drier and more efficient.

I agree.
In a 'real' capsize - rather than a practice rescue - it's good to have a few options in mind.
Distance to a sheltered area, water conditions, state of mind of the 'rescued person', water temperature and clothing can all make a difference.
There's also a lot of variation in boats: cockpit volume and depth, position and angle of bulkheads or lack of bulkheads, float bag sizes all make a difference on the amount of water left in the boat.
For all of us, it's good practice to paddle the boat when it's 'full of water' from time to time, and also to figure out if it would be possible to pump with only part of the spraydeck 'popped open'. In rough conditions the boat will re-fill with water pretty quickly without the spraydeck closed. And, some low-volume boats will have the coaming awash with a paddler and some water inside, making pumping a losing proposition.
It's best to find out these things before 'something' happens. :-)

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