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It would probably be wise to have at least two of the drains connected to above waterline through-hulls.
The problem with having these go to a sump or into the bilge is that if the bilge pump fails, you will pretty much guarantee your boat sinking in a heavy rainstorm. In fact, having the seacocks open in the current setup is probably safer, provided the hoses are inspected regularly and double clamped, than changing the setup.
BTW, I would separate the deck drains from the cockpit drains, since the deck drains add a lot of surface area to collect water in a rainstorm.
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Last edited by sailingdog; 01-14-2008 at 09:51 PM.