Toms Tips About Figuring Depths During Boatwork

By Tom Neale, 3/31/2011

1. Never drill or nail or screw on a boat unless you know exactly where the drill, nail or screw is going. Penetrating the hull is bad enough, but you could also penetrate an AC power wire, a radar cable, a VHF cable, air conditioning lines and lots of other things that can result in harm to you or at least some very expensive repairs.

1. Never drill or nail or screw on a boat unless you know exactly where the drill, nail or screw is going. Penetrating the hull is bad enough, but you could also penetrate an AC power wire, a radar cable, a VHF cable, air conditioning lines and lots of other things that can result in harm to you or at least some very expensive repairs.

3. If you punch through to a void and a small bright flashlight shining through the hole doesn’t answer your question, carefully insert something like a straightened coat hanger into the drill hole to determine how much depth you’ve got to deal with. It’s better to hold the coat hanger or whatever with insulated gloves to protect you from the possibility of shock.

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