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I 28 cockpit drain and garboard plug
As part of the rebuild of my I 28 I installed a garboard plug. During winter storage here in Maine the standard cockpit drains can freeze because of the way they are routed. If they do freeze and it rains, as it does here every month of the year, a full cockpit can spill into the cabin. The garboard plug allows any water in the hull to drain during storage. As a backup cockpit drain solution I installed a flush drain in the cockpit floor that terminates just below the cockpit floor in a hose fitting. I can attach a garden hose to that drain during winter storage and run the hose into the keel and out through the garboard drain. A cover does obviate the extra drain solution, if it doesn't fail. There are yards that won't store a boat without a garboard drain. It was a simple installation and eliminates a potentially disastrous problem. I did thicken the hull with some bi-ax at the point of installing the plug.