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Old 05-27-2013
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Self bailing cockpit?

So after buying my second ever C-Lark 14' sailboat, I was given many of the original paperwork with the sale of this boat. In one of the original sales brochures for the C-Lark by Clark Boat Co., it says that my boat has a "Self Bailing cockpit - The cockpit floor is above the waterline, thus insuring instant draining. The centerboard trunk and the holes in the transom well act as an exit for any water that enters the cockpit".

Right, sounds to make sense to me. There are two holes in the transom that can be plugged with those brass and rubber boat drain plugs. With these out, water seems to rush into the cockpit. So, is this only for draining the water from the boat after use, or to keep the cockpit "dry" (ha ha) while sailing? I've never really had much experience with a "self bailing cockpit" on a smaller craft like this before.

sail∑ing /ˈsāliNG, 1.n. the fine art of getting wet and becoming ill while slowly going nowhere at great expense.

Last edited by blackflagsailor; 05-27-2013 at 09:48 PM.
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