Re: Drains, valves, and seacocks: weighing the alternatives
asdf38, you make some excellent points.
While I don't sail very often (particularly in the winter), I do visit the boat 2 or 3 times per week. I was actually thinking about leaving the cockpit drains isolated when I'm not sailing, as I have a full canvas cover, so there isn't much rain accumulation. And even if the cover failed, there wouldn't be enough rain to fill the cockpit in a day or two (Seattle area rains often, but not too hard).
As for bilge pump discharge, those would always be open, so having a plug handy is probably a more reasonable approach.
Last edited by Rusty123; 10-31-2012 at 07:15 PM.