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Cockpit Locker & Engine Access Gasketing
One thing that I have noticed on my sailboat is that the cockpit locker and engine access hatch on the cockpit sole are not gasketed to prevent water ingress. The Cockpit locker does have a drainage channel around it for water that should happen to fall from rain or washing down the boat, but I wonder if it should have some kind of rubber compression gasket on the underside of the lid. The fuel tank and battery bank are located here, so maybe it needs to be vented to some degree? Any thoughts?
Also, I have a engine access cover on my cockpit sole that is hinged on one end, and held down with 2 threaded lock nuts on the other. There is no gasket on it as well, but again, no water appears to get into the engine compartment or bilge when I wash the boat down. I worry about what would happen if the cockpit flooded due to a wave but wonder if the overlapping lid and fiberglass on fiberglass seal is sufficient? Does this need to be slightly vented in order to feed oxygen to the engine, or does the engine pull air from the gaps around the interior cabin access hatches which aren't sealed either?
How weather tight are your cockpit lockers and engine access hatches?
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1980 Pacific Seacraft Orion 27
Sailing Grounds: Southern California
Last edited by LittleWingCA; 01-09-2009 at 08:34 PM.