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Re: Sinking Feeling
What about the drain(s) from the cockpit, do you close them as well, when you leave the boat?
According to Boat US, closed (or blocked) cockpit drains are the number one cause of boat sinkings in marinas. The cockpit fills up, and downfloods into the salon.
One nasty possibility is that the drains block, the weight of water in the cockpit is enough to lower the drains below sea level, then the boat sinks fast.
Rather than close the cockpit drains, the solution is to have components that you can rely on. I have the really thick Trident hose, double clamped at the through-hulls.
You also need to visit regularly and make sure they are not blocked.
Bristol 31.1, San Francisco Bay
Last edited by MarkSF; 08-25-2015 at 02:49 PM.