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Never gave it a thought -- I close them only when winterizing the boat, and don't close all of them since I found out the cockpit drains exit below the water line in front of the quarter berths! I think it may be a good suggestion I read above - install another cockpit drain ABOVE the water line. The only time I had a hose failure was on a 25 foot MacGregor I once owned. The hose from the cockpit drain split while the boat was on a trailer for the winter. The rest of the winter every time it rained or snowed and melted, it wound up in my bilge. Come spring I found a slab of ice inside, 25 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 15 inches thick. Since the boat was white, it did not absorb the sun, and I thought I would never get it to melt! Should have learned from that, but I still don't close seacocks! Duh!
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