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Re: Cockpit Drains
1) not really. Unless you leave the boat in the water during the winter, and live where there is lots of snow.
2) depends. They wouldn't be enough in real storm conditions, since they wouldn't drain the cockpit fast enough. But to drain a cockpit that size would require a major upgrade.
Assuming the cockpit is 3 foot deep, your cockpit holds 144 cubic foot of water. Or just over 1,000 gallons. The specs say the cockpit drains should be able to drain the entire cockpit in less than 60 seconds, which would require roughly 28 square inches of gravity drains ( a six inch pipe basically). The other option is to not go out in weather where taking breaking water over the stern is an issue.