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Proper Cockpit Draining
While looking at some of the treads on autopilot installations below decks in the Pacific Seacraft section, I noticed that cockpit draining is done differenctly on many different types of sailboats. Some cockpits drain via thru hulls with seacocks and hoses runing from the cockpit to the hull, however my sailboat has two drain holes in the stern, at the lowest part of the cockpit, which must be plugged when the motor is running or in a following sea to keep water out. Not really a good setup since in bad weather with water coming in due to rough seas, the engine might be running, and I would have to bail water out, or rely on the bilge pump to remove water that got by any engine hatch seal gaps. So do most people then retrofit new drains in? Do cockpit drains that exit the hull bottom via seacocks have any backflow valves to prevent water bubbling in with swells? In bad weather I guess you want to be able to drain the cockpit quickly so what is the best approach?
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1980 Pacific Seacraft Orion 27
Sailing Grounds: Southern California