Bit of advice from lessons learnt
Last weekend I did it again ! I was messing about in the large rolling waves in the main swash channel near poole, however I over did it, enterily my own fault and hit a wave bow on at the wrong moment in a following sea condition (large waves).
I ducked behind my console at the right moment as what I can only describe as a wall of water came over the bow and over my head. The bow went underwater momentarily and I was standing in water upto my knees behine the console.
I stopped and rushed to the back to open the plugs on the new trunking and values I had installed which goes through the rear seat and out through the back of the hull. There was 3 inches of water in both bow lockers and the compartent under the rear seat had about a foot, all my plastic container boxes under the rear seat were full of water, opending the rear seat (I have a cobra) upper part to look into the back where batteries are located the water was half way up the battery boxes.(must have been a lot in the hull to come up that far)
Bilge pump self activated, I returned to the console and restarted the engine as in my rush I had pulled the kill cord out, engien started fine after I remembered I had the throttle still in gear and had to disengage.
Still being in the middle of the swash channel I tried to power up which was rather difficult to move due to the vast weight of the extra water on board, could only manage about 6 knots with the bow up at a stupid angle.
I did consider at one point in my panic about calling a mayday or pan pan but after composing myself I considered the fact I wasnt actually sinking, the engine was running, the bilge pump was on, the valves were open and water was slowly draining, I also had two working VHF's a lifejacket and a personal location beakon and was close to shore, so I decided to head slowly for calmer conditions at shell bay and waited a while for more water to drain.
After a while I limped back to the marina, once on the dry stack fork lift I opened the bilge plug, a huge amount of water came out.
Never panic, compose yourself and think through a problem.
Consider where water might get into your boat, worse scenario and ensure you have appropriate escape route for water and a decent bilge pump, im actually going to buy a bigger bilge pump just in case.
Main lesson for me would be to stop messing about in large waves. LOL