cockpit builder, where possible should incorporate scuppers to drain
rainwater and spray.
There should also be
for a boat cockpit or any
other recess in the deck to self drain particularly in the event of a
Unfortunately for this
effective the floor of your
cockpit needs to be a minimum of 6inches, 150mm above the waterline to
And the further the
floor is above the waterline the more effective self draining will
The simplest and probably the
most effective arrangement
for an aft cockpit with no lazarette is to slope the cockpit sole back
transom, then cut a large drain hole straight out through the transom
This can then be protected
with a skin fitting with a
simple non return flap to stop water coming back in.
On a sail boat which is going
to spend a lot of time at
the heel put a drain at each corner just as they do on sailing
Where there is a lazerette a
similar arrangement will
work simply by piping the water through the lazerette.
Any discomfort caused by the
slope of the sole can be
compensated for by building up the aft end of the cockpit grating.
Many alternative and ingenious
methods of draining have
been used on small boats however simple is always the best.
The most important issue regarding crew
safety is ensuring that your
boat is sound and strong enough.
With regards to boat cockpit
design you should also
That deep boat cockpit may seem safe but in my opinion that is an
In the event of a swamping and that can happen anywhere, it will be a
liability. And that depth can have an adverse effect the
I have sailed on a number of plastic production boats which have deep
cockpits, on none of them could the helms-person see forward without
On a long 'trick' this can lead to tiredness and a loss of
And that also means paying attention to the ergonomics
Admittedly no one enjoys being exposed to the wind spray and rain but
better than being exhausted.
Judicious use of dodgers and spray hoods can minimize much of this but
don't forget that it is imperative that every vessel should keep a
constant all round
watch when under way.
Going on deck at night or when
the wind gets up can be risky so there
be provision for clipping on a harness before leaving the safety of the
Pad eyes on the aft face of the bridge deck immediately
hatch and perhaps even jack-stays along the cockpit sides will allow
to move around without un-clipping.
And before I finish it is also worth considering how
someone can get
the boat cockpit from the water.
fallen overboard accidentally or have just gone swimming, a fold down
the transom can be a lifesaver.
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