The captain seems never satisfied.
By dusk the day after the skipjack, the Dee of St. Mary's, returned overboard the bilge pumps ran sporadically keeping her afloat. Apparently that isn't yet right.
By the next morning the plan was to move the bilge pumps higher into the vessel to allow water to collect in the bottom and climb nearly high enough to cover the keel and definitely high enough to cover the stringers.
Stringers are the four-by-fours, two running parallel along each side of the keel. Their purpose is to strengthen the bottom.