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Re: Islander Freeport 36
I guess this migt be the last question here. Is there ok cockpit drainage, or does the water go in the bilge? Thanks in advance.
Other than small daysailers, no boat's cockpit is going to drain to a bilge. Certainly anything over 20 feet with a typical deck/cockpit arrangement will drain overboard or through dedicated through hull fittings (hopefully properly installed and valved.)
The main issue with many boats that were not specifically built for offshore duty is that the drains, while they'll handle rainwater and the occasional splash OK, they may take too long to drain a cockpit filled with a breaking wave...
However having owned such a boat I can tell you there are few more efficient bailers than two panicked women!
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