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Will, I leave the valves open all the time. Water won't come into the cockpit because it is above the waterline, just like a straw in a glass of water. Just be sure that your through hull fittings , and the tubes running to the **** pit are sound. If they were to fail below the water line the boat could sink. You may want to clear the the tubes with a garden hose before you launch, as they tend to clog with organic material such as leaves, etc..
I replaced the manual bilge pump under the seat with a new one. It is all I seem to need, as the only water that gets in the boat is rain water which sneaks in through the **** pit seats and the decks.
The jib sheets run through pulleys along the toe rails to the midship winches.
The main sail sheet runs through the traveller at the back of the cockpit. Pretty straight forward.
I'm happy answer any other questions you might have, however I am not expert by any means.