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Re: Cockpit Drains
I agree with the general tone of the feedback. Nicer to have seacocks on every thru hull penetration, but not absolutely necessary above the waterline. The only additional thought is they may not be above the waterline when heeled over. Nevertheless, if you had to close them when heeled, you would have no way to drain the cockpit and that's not a terribly good situation either.
What got my attention is having all of your bilge pumps routed to the cockpit drains. They have a tendency to collect stuff and clog. I highly prefer a dedicated thru hull. In fact, I don't like the manual bilge sharing the auto bilge plumbing either. It could be the plumbing that failed that has you hand pumping.
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