Wet mattress

It’s been a grey, windy and rainy passage so far. Usually we have our aft cabin hatch open on passages whenever it’s not extremely rough, but because of the rain it was only a tiny gap open with a rubber mat covering the windward side this morning. Suddenly there was a a crashing sound followed by a loud whoosh–one of those waves that insist on being different than all the others had managed to break over the side, the cockpit was full of water and after mopping that up we found that the tiny gap in the hatch had let in enough water to soak our bed… That’s the first time this has happened in all our time on the boat and we have no idea how we should manage to wash and dry the huge, heavy and wobbly latex mattress…

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