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.
Whatever arrangement you
choose the most effective way to
prevent water from your watertight cockpit getting below is with a
Safety and Comfort.
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
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