I prefer forward and aft cockpit drains because you never know how the boat is going to be trimmed. I generally slope the cockpit sole down away from the wheel so that when it is wet there is no puddle of water at the helmsman's feet. Guess how I learned that.
Having just broken my arm at the elbow yesterday and in a cast, all I want to do is straighten the sucker just once.
Is that what happened to you?